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35 8-BIT PAINT PROGRAMS: Most have ceased distribution, but here's what's left. 

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8 Reader Mail 

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36 Public Domain 

44 Copy Corner 

46 Magazine Index 
51 Games for Amiga 
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63 INFO Update 

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Editors' 




A DELICATE BALANCE 



The Amiga market has finiic 
bounds. Like a delicate ecolog- 
ical system, there's room for 
growth as long as the rate of growth 
doesn't outstrip the environment's re- 
sources. There's recently been an un- 
precedented increase in the number of 
Amiga-related computer shows. That 
might seem like good news for the 
Amiga, but there are signs that this sud- 
den growth could be placing excessive 
demands on the limited resources of the 
Amiga marketplace. 

There are now a half-dozen AmiEX- 
PO and World Of Commodore shows 
each year, and a number of AmiForums 
and regional shows. In addition, there 
are two Consumer Electronics Shows 
and two COMDEX shows, plus shows 
for the desktop publishing, music, and 
video industries. It's not hard for a com- 
pany to feel that they should exhibit at 
six to twelve shows a year, and that's 
where the problem lies. 

Many large companies have people 
on staff whose only job is to schedule 
and attend shows. But for most smaller 
companies (and this describes the ma- 
jority of Amiga developers), exhibiting 
at a show represents a major invesuncnt 
in time and money. The cost of renting a 
booth, shipping products, and sending 
employees to a show can add up to 
many thousands of dollars. Multiply 
this by 6 to 12 shows a year, and it 
quickly becomes a major business ex- 
pense. Then too, every company wants 
their booth to make them look prosper- 
ous, but even a modest professionally 
designed show booth can run into thou- 
sands of dollars. And the preparation 



and printing of slick show-quality 
posters, catalogs, and promotional liter- 
ature also costs money. The cumulative 
cost can be enough to cause a company 
serious financial difficulties. And that's 
exactly what we're hearing from a 
growing number of Amiga developers. 
Shows are simply costing them too 
much money. 

So why don't they just quit going? 
Unfortunately, once a company starts 
exhibiting at computer shows, a sort of 
Catch 22 kicks in. If they skip a show, 
rumors may suddenly circulate that they 
are "in trouble". Even major players in 
the Amiga software marketplace are not 
immune to this syndrome. (One very 
large Amiga developer told us that they 
suffered from this "rumor effect" after 
cancelling their booth at a recent show. 
Several of their distributors and dealers 
called to check on their corporate health 
before they would place orders.) So to 
keep up appearances, a company may 
continue exhibiting until they really are 
in financial difficulty. We know of at 
least one company that bought and oc- 
cupied large booths at computer shows 
up until just weeks before declaring 
bankruptcy. 

The cost of attending so many shows 
can also force a company to cut back on 
other expenses, perhaps by cheapening 
packaging and documentation, not hir- 
ing much-needed help, trimming adver- 
tising budgets, or even postponing 
planned product introductions. 

But even if exhibiting at so many 
shows doesn't hurt a company finan- 
cially, it may hurt them in terms of time. 
People have to take time off from their 



regular duties to go to shows, and they 
may also spend a great deal of time be- 
forehand preparing materials and 
demonstration software. Often the pro- 
grammers themselves arc taken along to 
answer questions. If a company exhibits 
at a show every month, that can slow 
down the programming of new software 
and die creation of magazine ads, pack- 
aging, and documentation, all of which 
may result in the delay of a new product 
introduction by many weeks. Again, we 
have the testimonials of many Amiga 
developers that this is, indeed, the case. 

There is also the opposite pressure - 
to rush a product to market just to meet 
a release dale that coincides with a 
show. This may mean that show atten- 
dees end up buying what is really a sub- 
standard "early beta" version of a prod- 
uct instead of a truly finished and bug- 
tested product. There's even one maga- 
zinc-on-disk that has historically man- 
aged to publish a new issue only before 
each show! 

It would be fun to see all the new toys 
from all the Amiga developers at every 
show, but that's just not realistic eco- 
nomically. When a software or hard- 
ware company skips a show, it's proba- 
bly just a sign of sound business plan- 
ning. More and more of the companies 
we're talking to, from multi-megabuck 
game conglomerates to Mom & Pop 
operations, are carefully weighing how 
many shows they'll attend each year, 
and which ones those will be. 

- Mark & Benn 

INFO only exhibits at one or two shows 
a year. We'll have a booth at AmiEXPO 
Midwest at the Chicago Hilton Hotel 
the weekend of July 28-30. If you're at- 
tending, stop by the booth and say "Hi!" 



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Thanks. 



QLINK Mail From: Robert John 
In the vaporware dept., is Micro- 
prose ever going to release Gun- 
ship and F19 for the Amiga? It 
irks me no end that both games 
are available for the IBM/PC. but 
not for the Amiga. 



Microprose tells us that Gunship should 
be on the store shelves by the time you 
read this, with F19 scheduled for 
release "by the end of the year". With 
game sales booming for MS/DOS sys- 
tems, we wouldn't he a bit surprised if 
you see more of this kind of product 
scheduling in the future. 

- Mark & Benn 



QLINK Mail From: SCIMITAR 
I would like to see an in-depth 
review of the new video digitizer 
for the 64/128 called Video Byte. 
I've got a color video camera and 
understand that Computer Eves 
didn't work so hot with a color 
camera. 



We'd like to see it. too. Unfortunately, 
the company that produces the Video 
Byte digitizer. The Soft Group, also pro- 
duces the Explode! cartridge, and they 
haven't said much to us since we printed 
a somewhat uncomplimentary review of 
Explode! v2.0 in issue #19. 

- Mark & Benn 



QLINK Mail From: DugK 
I've been buying your magazine 
for a few years now and I know 
that your magazine "...comes 
closer to total desktop publishing 
than any other mass- market pub- 
lication..." as stated in the 
Jan/Feb 1989 issue. Now. the 
questions I would like to ask are 
what makes a publication truly 
"desktop published" and how is 
your magazine not a 100% desk- 
top publication? I don't care how 
"amateur" they say your maga- 
zine is. I've always enjoyed read- 
ing it. Keep up the good work! 



We've been "desktop published" since at 
least two years before the Macintosh 
people "invented" desktop publishing. 
What the Mac people usually mean by 
the phrase "desktop published" is that 
all the elements of a printed page - 
graphics, text, borders, etc. - are pro- 



duced, assembled, and printed out using 
personal computer software, usualtx a 
page layout program like Professional 
Page on the Amiga, which is what we 
use. INFO's ads are generally supplied 
by the advertisers in a ready-to-use for- 
mat, so those pages aren't "desktop pub- 
lished". Last issue, we printed only one 
photo in the editorial section that didn't 
count as being "desktop published". I'm 
not sure yet what the final count for this 
issue is. but it's very, very close to 
100%. And no mass-circulation Mac 
magazine can make that claim yet! 

- Mark & Benn 



QLINK Mail From: Capital I 
I thought you were most gener- 
ous in giving Cinemaware's TV 
Sports Football for the Amiga a 
live-star rating. I feel that only 
three formations on offense and 
defense really aren't enough. The 
game also lacks kickoffs. (onside 
kicks are important if you're los- 
ing) and the ability to run down 
the clock (important if you're 
winning). TV Spons Football 
also has some quirks, such as the 
clock keeps running after a 
change of possession, and the 
computer opponent will at times 
take possession on the wrong end 
of the field (i.e. on my 20 instead 
of on his 20). I see TV Sports 
Football as a four star game at 
the most. 



We never claim that everyone will agree 
!00 c /c with our reviews, and your letter 
is a case in point. We thought TV Sports 
Football was innovative enough and 
included enough options to massively 
overwhelm any shortcomings. It's just 
plain fun! But thanks for sharing your 
views with us. - Mark & Benn 

continued on page 11 . . . 



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Of course, the release of the 1.3 
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Kernel Reference Manual. 
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the first volume. Includes and 
Autodocs ($32.95). The book is 
about the size of the Manhattan 
phone director)' and contains 
more C and assembler source 
than I've ever seen in one place. 
The second volume in the 
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Jim Oldfield, whose wisdom 
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SIC, and other arcana. Amiga 
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LEGAL AID 

Clearly written and easily 
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required reading for anyone 
doing any publishing. It covers 
everything a publisher, or 
would-be publisher, needs to 
know to keep the lawyer- 
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sections on copyright law. the 
different types of business enti- 



ties (corporations, limited part- 
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and more. There are also exam- 
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are the ones on libel and inva- 
sion of privacy. If you're even 
considering saying something 
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these chapters first - they might 
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REISSUE 

After being unavailable for 
some time. BASIC 8 (S39.95) 
is being reissued by Free Spirit 
Software. Written by Lou Wal- 
lace and David Darus, this 
revised edition of the CI 28 lan- 
guage comes on two disks. 
Numerous demo programs are 
included, along with a RunTime 
library. The 200-page manual 
has also been redone. At the 
same time. Free Spirit is also 
releasing the BASIC 8 Toolkit. 
It provides a point and click 
system that will permit creation 
of fonts, patterns, icons, point- 
ers, all in color. It will also let 
you add color to Print Shop 
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1581 TOOLKIT $39.95 

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Vancouver, WA 98661 206-695-1393 

1 he 1581 Toolkit is made up often first-rate 1581 utility 
programs which are thoroughly documented. In addition. 
Software Support International has added an exhaustive 
147 page technical treatise on the internal workings of the 
1581 and its DOS, written by INFO's own resident disk 
drive expert, David Martin. 

The utilities themselves are all menu driven and quite 
easy to use. despite the fact that they all are quite power- 
ful and flexible. Included are: a fast disk copier which 
supports single and multiple 1581s; a fast file copier with 
multiple drive and partition/ subdirectory support: a direc- 
tory editor: a complete track & sector editor: a track and 
sector tracer; a partition/ subdirectory creator; a fast for- 
matter: a directory error scanner; and a relocatable fast- 
loader. There are dozens of little extras, and frequent use 
of color and graphic displays. All work together to make 
this package a pleasure to use. Add to this the fact that the 
copiers, fast formatter, and fast loader significantly out- 
perform anything released to date and this collection 
quickly becomes a must for any heavy 1581 user. 

I can only think of two ways this package might be 
enhanced. Although the copiers are as quick as lightning. 
it is possible that if they optionally supported the 17xx 
RAM Expansion units they could perhaps be made even 
faster. In the same vein, the CI 28 might be able to milk 
even greater performance from the 1581 Toolkit if it sup- 
ported the 128's added memory and speed. However, 
short of adding these frills, the 1581 Toolkit is hard to 
beat. - Loren Lovhaug 



10 



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U.S. Mail From: Dale Hash 
I would like to compliment you 
on your "ANIMATION" article in 
the March-April issue of INFO. 
Your subject is one that is near 
and dear to our hearts here at 
Hash Enterprises. Just as a point 
of clarification, in your article 
you stated that our various pro- 
grams were modules of the ANI- 
MATION: Apprentice program. 
They arc, in fact, stand-alone 
programs, each addressing a par- 
ticular area of the process now 
being called "Desktop Video". 



Thanks for the clarification. We think 
lots of users will like your "modular" 
approach. It requires a higher level of 
user education to make sure they get 



what they need, but they are much more 
likely to end up with the features they 
want. - Mark & Benn 



COMPUSERVE Mail From: Ed 
Godck 

I have an Amiga 500 and would 
like to gel in touch with Com- 
modore to gel a couple of copies 
of their Amiga Buyers Guide. 



Give them a call at their toll-free infor- 
mation (NOT User Support!) number: 
800-343-3000. But be forewarned that 
the Amiga Buyers Guide (updated quar- 
terly, and included free in the box with 
all new Amigas) is not really a compre- 
hensive, impartial buyers guide. Com- 
modore sells the listings, just like maga- 
zine ads. - Mark & Benn 



COMPUSERVE Mail From: 
Nancy Devitt 

Are you sure it's appropriate to 
criticise Guy Wright for wander- 
ing in the philosophical and 
metaphysical when, in the same 
issue (#24), Mindy Skclton 
romanticizes Rcichari von Wolf- 
shcild for much the same 
excesses? 



Mindy Skelton romanticizes Reichart 
von Wolfsheild? Sounds like one of 
those sleazy National Enquirer head- 
lines! Anyway, at least von Wolfsheild 
doesn't charge folks four bucks apiece 
to listen to him wax metaphysical! 

- Mark & Benn 

continued on page 13 . . . 








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With the TuneUp disk optimizer you 
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MICROLAWYER $59.95 

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r\ lawyer is a craftsman of words. Every lawyer devel- 
ops his own collection of favorite ways of crafting words 
to accomplish specific tasks. These are called form books. 

MicroLawyer for the Amiga is a form book on a disk. It 
is not a program: it is a 300K collection of ASCII text 
files with blank spaces, which the user can load into his 
wordprocessor and tailor to his needs. The value of 
MicroLawyer is its 200 page spiral-bound manual, which 
contains all the forms and instructions for filling in the 
blanks, and the enclosed disk making these forms word- 
processor-ready. 

Forms are written in a language known among lawyers 
as "boilerplate", and among non-lawyers as "legalese". 
Boilerplate gets used and reused, but never reinvented, 
because it is known to work. In this sense, MicroLawyer 
is on a firm footing - it gives you working language that 
ostensibly lets you do what lawyers do. However, the skill 
and judgement of knowing which forms and what lan- 
guage are appropriate for your transaction take training 
and experience to develop. Although the forms are fine, 
the dangers from misuse are great. And if you think you 
will save on your legal bills by presenting your attorney 
with a form from MicroLawyer already modified by you 
"for his comment", think again. The attorney will most 
likely take one of HIS office forms and fill it in with the 
information from your document. If, however, you are a 
sophisticated businessman, already used to using boiler- 
plate forms, and have the wherewithal to read these forms 
carefully for content and sense. MicroLawyer will be of 
great use to you. 

Lots of people enter into legal relations and do not 
reduce these to formal writings. These later lurn into 
"your word against mine" contests in small claims court. 
To the extent that MicroLawyer and programs like it con- 
vince people to formalize their legal relations so that dis- 
putes can be resolved quickly and cheaply, they are good. 
To the extent people use them without really reading and 
understanding them, they are dangerous. If you have 
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book, prompts the user for information and collates it all 
into a will that it prints out. The user interface is fine, 
though very slow. You have plenty of opportunity to 
revise your will, and can go back and change it months 
later. You can only make one will per disk: to make a will 
for a different person, you must erase the existing will. 

WillMaker is reasonably sophisticated, distinguishing 
among the laws of various states, but makes a number of 
assumptions that an attorney would normally discuss with 
his client. Whereas the attorney will ask, "Do you mean to 
disinherit your son to whom you have not made a specific 
gift?" WillMaker assumes you do and automatically 
leaves $1.00 to children to whom you have not made a 
specific gift, thus effectively disinheriting them. Will- 
Maker automatically adds a "no-contest" clause; this very 
automation alone is probably cause enough for the clause 
to be found invalid in the event of an actual will contest. 

WillMaker fails to warn the user in sufficiently strong 
terms not to monkey with the final document it prints out. 
The arcane doctrine of dependent relative revocation 
comes into play the second a probate court sees non- 
signatory pen marks on a typed document. The instruc- 
tions are often not worded strongly enough: requirements 
come across as recommendations. Part of the reason for 
attorneys is to impress upon the testator the formality and 
legal significance of what he is doing and to provide com- 
mon sense input. WillMaker accomplishes neither. 

WillMaker is good in that it focuses the user on what 
happens in a testamentary document. If the user is really 
concerned by what he learns he needs to take care of, he 
can consult an attorney. The manual also gives good 
advice about avoiding probate. 

If you are thinking about drafting a will, but are not 
sure whether you really need to, this program will focus 
you on your concerns as a will writer. Just be sure that 
you approach your will with all the formality and trepida- 
tion it merits. Be careful and alert when using this helpful 
program. 

- Jeremy D. Weinstein, attorney at law 



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PLINK Mail From: Dan Bonachea 
I was reading your Mar/ Apr 1989 issue of INFO and 
came across an INFOMania game tip for FlA-18 Inter- 
ceptor which slated: "From the main menu, select 
option 2 and press zero. The screen goes into a spiral 
down to 34 by 117 degrees. I don't know what purpose 
this serves, but it is interesting." I work for Boeing Mil- 
itary Airplanes at the Boeing Mojavc Test Center, and I 
just thought I'd let you know that 34 degrees latitude by 
117 degrees longitude is smack dab in the middle of 
Edwards Air Force Base, where the F/A-18 was flight 
tested Perhaps this is the aspect that Electronic Arts 
was intending to include in this program... flight testing 
at the actual place of the (light test of the real airplane! 



What a neat bit of trivia! Sounds like the game wizards at 
Electronic. Arts had another scenario in mind, and couldn't get 
it squeezed in. Thanks for the insight! -Mark & Benn 



U.S. Mail From: Gary B. Lcc 

1 read your review of 3D programs in INFO #24 with 
more than a little interest. As the owner of two of the 
programs (Turbo Silver and C-Light), a comparison by 
another user is always interesting. I feel that the assess- 
ment of C-Light is a little harsh. While it is slightly lim- 
ited in its current form, it has one of the most user- 
friendly environments in 3D today. The ability to see 
the wireframe in three dimensions as you work instead 
of using three separate windows is a real boon to me. 
Your article was accurate and informative and was 
worth the price of the magazine by itself. Thank you for 
a real article of interest to both experienced and novice 
users. 



C-Light is the only program we looked at that uses the 3D 
wireframe view, other than the $2000 Caligari. 3D editing is 
intriguing, and was, I felt, the potentially strongest point of the 
C-Light software. Unfortunately, its other limitations liold it 
hack. I hope there's an improved version offered in the future. 
It could be a very nice package with some additional polish 
and power. - Mark & Benn 



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BIG ENOUGH TO BE PROFESSIONAL 
SMALL ENOUGH TO BE PERSONAL 



COMPUTERMATE AUSTRALIA, a wholly 
Australian owned company, was incorporated 
in 1984. 

The company commenced operations 
under the control of Ray Firth, the present Managing 
Director, who saw the need for an independent 
approach to the distribution of third party computer 
software and accessories in Australia. 

During its first 6 months of operation, 
Computermate developed a broad client base as 
sales agents for a number of software and 
accessory suppliers, both from Australia and over- 
seas. In 1985, as Computermate's business plans 
developed, the company was appointed as the 
master distributor for several software and 
peripheral manufacturers, directing its major 
operations to supplying and servicing the major 
department and chain stores and independent 
retailers. 

Late in 1985, Computermate saw the 
need to further increase its range of available 
products and commenced importing from the U.K., 
U.S.A. and Asia. Since the company had a direct line 
to the end-user market and their needs, through 
some 250 retail outlets and an associate company, 
these products were well researched prior to their 
release on the Australian market. 

In 1986, Computermate commenced 
manufacturing operations in Australia and now 
manufactures a range of accessories such as Dust 
Covers, Printer and Utility Stations, Display Stands, 
etc., that are marketed in Australia, on a 
national basis. 

Computermate addresses the software 
and accessories market for Commodore 64, 128, 
Amiga, Atari ST, Amstrad and IBM personal 
computers. 

Computermate Australia, now with offices 
in the U.K. and U.S.A., has built its reputation on its 
ability to supply quality products to the Australian 
marketplace and its corporate philosophy of sup- 
porting those products, 100%. It is now the largest 
distributor of productivity software and accessories 
for the Commodore 64 and Amiga in Australia. 

Seeking now to expand its direct contact 
with manufacturers and publishers, Ray Firth, the 
Managing Director of Computermate, would like 
to hear from representatives of companies who 
wish to market their products in Australia. 

Contact may be made by calling Australia 
01 1 -61 2-457-81 1 8 or FAX 011 -61 2-457-8739 . 
Or write: 9 High Street, Mt. Kuring-Gai NSW 2080. 



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MAKING PLANS 

Slock marke! investors will 
want to check out The Strate- 
gist a market analysis package 
from Strategy Software, and 
previously available only on the 
CI 28. It begins with historical 
data for a particular stock, then 
lets the user specify a strategy, 
and from there goes through a 
series of simulated trades. The 
program then varies the strategy 
slightly and goes through lite 
trading process again. This is 
repeated until the highest payoff 
is reached. A module for creat- 
ing historical files and another 
for downloading historical data 
via modem are also included. 
Price is S24.95, and two disks 
of historical quotes are available 
for S8.95 each. Box 14-2403. 
Anchorage, AK 99514. 

907-694-2120. 



AMIGA 

SOFITWiM 



FREE SPIRITED 

There are three new entries in 
Free Spirit Software's Media 
Line series. Font Disk 2 
(S34.95) offers structured fonts 
lo use with 3D rendering pack- 
ages. Supported are Aegis Draw 
and Draw 2000, Sculpt 3 &4D, 
Videoscape 3D, Forms in 
Flight, Turbo Silver, and Profes- 
sional Draw. The Clip Art Col- 
lection was designed by Loren 
Lovhaug (see the interview 
elsewhere in this issue) and 
contains over 200 images on 
various themes. All are in IFF 
formal and the price is S34.95. 
Animation Backgrounds has 
30 background scenes that can 
be used by popular animation 
packages such as The Animator. 
Animate 3D. MovieSetter, 
Videoscape 3D. and Deluxe 
Video. Thev come on two disks. 



cost $39.95, and are available in 
cither PAL or NTSC format. 58 
Noble St., Kutztown, PA 19530. 
215-683-5609. 



OF GOOD 
CHARACTER 

Julie Petersen of Classic Con- 
cepts sent a copy of their latest 
catalog of fonts. The catalog 
itself is worth noting for a 
clearly written introduction on 
practical considerations in 
choosing fonts. The newest 
releases are the Professional 
Font Library, which is a 6-disk 
sei ($74.95) including 60 dis- 
tinct fonts, ranging from 7 to 
over 80 lines in height. Some 
arc in color (we're particularly 
fond of Pipeline, which is made 
up of sections of pipe that fit 
neatly together). Also of note 
are StoryBook Capitals 
(S29.95), which is a collection 
of large decorative letters in 
illuminated manuscript styles. 
They are in brush formal to use 
with paint and video packages. 
PO Box 786. Belliagham, WA 
98227. 206-733-8342. 



B CUBED 

Byte by Byte has three new 
accessory-disk releases for use 
with Sculpt. Tate Fonts I and 
Tate Fonts II are 3D fonts 
designed for rendering. Each 
has three fonts: Tube. Slot, and 
Prism on the first disk: Bevel, 
LCD. and Premier on the sec- 
ond. Also available is U.S. 
Space Station and Orbiter. 
which contains all the necessary 
pieces to render your own space 
station. The finished orbiter 
conforms to the actual NASA 
specifications. Of course you 
could use the pieces to create 
your own design. Each of the 
three titles retails for S69.95. 
9442 Capital of Texas Hwy„ 
Suite 150. Austin. TX 78759. 
5 1 2-343-4357. 



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National Type Foundry's Comix Fonts 



PHUNNIES PHONTS 

The latest from National Type 
Foundry. Comix Fonts, is a 
collection of nine fonts ranging 
in point size from 53 to 92. The 
characters arc particularly well- 
suited for video. Our favorite is 
the one done in the style of 
Robert Crumb, a fondly- 
remembered Sixties artist. PO 
Box 13431. Torrance. CA 
90503.213-542-8311. 



THE CLUBBY SET 

The Computer Club, which pub- 
lished a handy little AmigaDOS 
1.2 reference booklet a few 
months ago, has come out with 
the 1 .3 version. For a measly 
S3.50, you get 12 pages listing 
all the commands you need lo 
get you through CL1 and ED. 
They also sent us a copy of 
Zeida (no relation to the 
Fttzgeralds), a print-merge and 
report generator. Ii supports 
conditional text inclusion, 
merging from up to five sepa- 
rate lists with up to 128 fields 
per list. It will also handle 200 
numeric variables. 128 string 
variables, and has six math 
functions. It works with any 



ASCII wordprocessor and has 
full printer support. $ 16.95. And 
just for fun. The Computer Club 
is selling a Foam Bat embla- 
zoned with their logo. They 
rightly claim it's 100% compati- 
ble with everything and com- 
pletely bug-free. Just the thing 
to beat a recalcitrant computer 
(or Senior Editor) with. 13013 
Lee Jackson Highway. Suite 
142, Fairfax. VA 22033. 703- 
968-7588. 



KARA REVISITED 

Two more sets of fonts arc just 
being released by Kara Com- 
puter Graphics, the outfit thai 
designed the large fonts Benn is 
so fond of. Subheads is a 
scaled-down version of their 
Headlines fonts and come in a 
variety of styles ranging from 
Chrome to Brick, in 55- and 72- 
point sizes. The second set of 
four new foms, Headlines 2. 
come in two and three sizes. 
chiselSCRlPT, Glass. Embos- 
sed, and Engraved arc done in 
8-color hi-res. Each set comes 
on two disks and retail for 
S69.95 apiece. 6365 Green Val- 
ley Circle. #317. Culver City, 
CA 90230. 213-670-0493. 



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PERFORMANCE....Not Hype. 



Call For Drive Pricing. 

Call now to order! 
(415)651-1905 




OverDrive 



The verDrlve is an a utoboot D M A SCSI CONTROLLER (an d not j ust a 
"hardcard"). We don't advertise the speed of any particular drive since all 
controllers can use the same drives. When someone offers you "DMA speed," 
but not DMA and brags about how great their drive is . . .there's a reason. 

What you get with the OverDrive are choices and performance. The 
performance is guaranteed by a Motorola 68440 two-channel DMA (Direct 
Memory Access) chip, When measured with an oscilloscope, we transfer data 
across the bus at burst speeds of 875K per second and sustained rates of 550K 
per second— Real transfer rates ... not timed by public domain software. 
Choices? Mount a 3.5" drive on the card, a 3.5" or 5.25" drive in the drive bay, 
or an external drive or some combination of up to 7 drives. Choose your own 
drive, not just what we offer. Use ST 506 drives with Adaptec controller cards. 
Use removable media drives like the Konica 10 megabyte floppy. We even let 
you turn DMA off through software (although we haven't figured out why you 
would want to). Our installation software is so simple it's almost automatic, but 
you can customize it to suit yourself. (One last thing— we DON'T mount our 
drive directly on the card— give us a call to find out why!) 



OverOWteCard $249.95 





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Synergy 500 



The S,vnergy. 700 autoboot drive controller 
for your A500 combines speed, features (including optional RAM) 
and dependability at an affordable price. Connect from 1 to 7 drives 
with inexpensive ribbon cables. Add your own hard drives and enclosures or 
ask about ours. Each Synergy 500 comes with all software necessary, including 
our own backup utility that backs up your drive in standard Amiga DOS lormat. 
An optional RAM board allows an additional memory expansion from .5 1o 8 MB. 
Housed in an injection molded case, a power-on LED and drive access LED 
allow you to place the drive anywhere since it is not necessary that it be visible 
during operation. Fast? The Synergy 500 is faster than some controllers adver- 
tising "DMA speed." Compare us to anyone . . .you won't be disappointed. 

The Synergy 2000 is a "hardcard" version of the Synergy 500 for use with your 
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is a Two-slot expansion chassis with pass-thru for the A500 that uses cards designed for the A2000. 
An optional 3.5" floppy may be added and is more convenient than anyother floppy available. 
The Subsystem connects to the 86-pin bus on the left side and is fully compatible with the A501 
expansion module. The Subsystem 500 does not use power from your A500. 



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PREVIEW 

PEN PAL 

Browrt-Wagh, 16795 Lark Ave.. Suite 210 
Los Gatos.CA 95030 408-395-3838 



Scheduled for release by the time you read this. Pen Pal 
is clearly the First of the next generation of graphic word- 
processors. Ft approaches the capability of page-layoul 
software, but is aimed squarely at the wordprocessor mar- 
ket. Judging from the beta version, it's going to be a killer. 
Most graphic wordprocessors operate with all (he speed of 
an exceptionally indolent sloth, but Pen Pal is more like a 
cheetah. It's the first graphic wordprocessor I haven't 
been able to type ahead of, no matter what font I'm using. 

The mandatory wordprocessing features, like 
spellchecking with a 100,000 word dictionary, are neatly 
implemented, but the list of other features is impressive. It 
supports text flow around irregular graphics, and if the 
graphic is moved or sized, the text is reflowed automati- 
cally. Although the text can How only on one side or the 
other of a graphic, it can be made to flow between two 
images, or even on top of an image. Future versions will 
support multiple columns, which will allow the graphic to 
be positioned virtually anywhere. Graphics can be 
imported (about any format can be used, including HAM, 
though PP will reduce il to 8 colors onscreen) and then 
sized and cropped within Pen Pal. The reduction algo- 
rithm is excellent, with little loss of detail in the image. 
There's even an Undo! There is no apparent way to 
enlarge an image beyond its original size, but awareness 
of that fact should be enough to prevent any problems. 
The flow around irregular shapes works very well, and a 
little judicious cropping of the image and a few well- 
placed hyphens will help the text fit even better. There are 
other graphic functions as well, like the ability to draw 
lines, an outline, or a filled box around text. 

Font support is among the best I've ever seen. There are 
actually two font menus, one listing fonts by name and 
point size, the other listing them by size. Thus, if you 
need a font to fit a particular space, you can tell immedi- 
ately what you have available in which styles. I even 
found that using a font directory that's too long to fit in 
one menu causes the program to generate another font 
menu to handle the overflow. (The only thing I worry 
about is that with fonts so easy to use and change, we'll 
start seeing some truly outlandish documents.) 




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Brown-Hash 

16795 La* Am., 

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488-395-3838 



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Probably the most impressive thing about PP. aside 
from its speed, is the way it prints. Two modes are 
offered, graphic and text. The graphic option is the stan- 
dard printer dump, but the text print is what we've been 
waiting for. It prints any graphics as bitmaps (retaining 
the image's original palette and resolution) but the text is 
printed using the printer's own internal fonts, making for 
some truly impressive output, particularly on 24-pin and 
laser printers. 

As an added fillip, PP also includes integrated database 
functions which provide mail-merge and report generation 
capabilities. If you're familiar with Softwood File, you'll 
be at home with Pen Pal. Cut-and-paste operations can be 
performed between the database and documents, or from 
database to database or document to document for that 
matter. That provides, finally, a relatively easy way to 
make a list, sort it, and incorporate il into your document. 
Related to the database options is the ability to create 
forms and then Fill them in, jumping automatically from 
field to field. The example provided tracks Girl Scout 
cookie sales, but the possibilities are endless. 

Graphic wordprocessors for the Amiga have historically 
promised a lot and delivered little, but our experiments 
with the beta version of PenPal have been encouraging. It 
looks like this one may really deliver great graphics and 
great text to the same page, with minimum restrictions 
and minimum effort. It's about time! 

Save your money, folks. (And it won't take as much as 
you might think - PP will retail in the S150 range). Pen 
Pal is going to be required software for your Amiga. 

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GOOD FOR AMIGA 

GFA BASIC 3.0 (S139.95) has 

been ported from the Atari ST 
by Antic Software and released 
for the Amiga. The language 
resides on a single disk and 
comes with an inch-thick man- 
ual which assumes a working 
knowledge of BASIC. A thumb- 
through shows it to be incredi- 
bly full-featured, with an editor 
so fast that it puts most word- 
processors to shame. It offers 
over 300 commands, including 
6 types of variables. In-line 
assembler and C routines can be 
called, and access to Intuition, 
sprites, and Amiga graphics 
libraries is also provided. A run- 
time module permits free- 
standing programs. 544 Second 
St., San Francisco. CA 94107. 
415-957-0886. 



PERFORMING 
VIDEO 

Getting a video presentation 
together is often an exercise in 
frustration. Elan Design, mak- 
ers of Invision. are releasing a 
product that may make it a bit 
easier. Elan Performer lets you 
assign a screen or animation to 
a key. Hitting that key then dis- 
plays whatever is assigned to it. 
A simple and elegant solution. 
Animations can be separated 
into their component frames and 
stepped through in either direc- 
tion. Speed and timing can also 
be controlled - making for easy 
slow/fast motion and freeze- 
framc. ANIM RIFF, IFF. HAM. 
& RGB formats are supported, 
and the package will handle 
files from most Amiga 
graphic/animation packages. 
DeluxePaint, DigiPaint, Photon 
Paint, Videoscape 3D. Zoetrope, 
and Invision are all mentioned 
by name. S59. PO Box 31725. 
San Francisco, CA 94131. 41 5- 
621-8673. 



SALLY FORTH 

Delia Research sent us a copy 
of their JForth Professional 
2.0 (SI 79.95). This implementa- 
tion of Forth provides precom- 
piled modules for "include' 
files, a hashed dictionary, user- 
definable function keys, IFF 
read/write support (which also 
handles simple blits. wipes, & 
fades), and a source-level 
debugger. Programs can be 
written using traditional block 
files or normal text files, and 
library routines can be called 
directly by name. This version 
of the language also has a new 
Clone routine, which will take 
an existing Forth program, dis- 
assemble it, decide what code 
and data are needed, and then 
recompile i! with only what is 
necessary; the effect is much 
smaller applications. Also 
available from Delta Research 
is HMSL (Hierarchical Music 
Specification Language), an 
object-oriented set of extensions 
to Forth specifically designed 
for music experimentation and 
composition. It requires JForth 
and lists for SI 50. PO Box 
1051, San Rafael. CA 94915. 
415-485-6867. 



W A 4! 

We got a press release from 
Blue Ribbon Bakery detailing 
their new product. WhoIWhat! 
When!Where! It's a desktop 
organizer to help you keep track 
of all the stuff you have to do. 
The package will track your 
appointments, keep your to-do 
list up to date, provide you with 
a calendar and a timer (handy, 
that), and dial the phone or 
make a mailing list for you (but 
it doesn't bake anything). It 
even supports multiple users. 
S99.95. 1248 Clairmont Rd.. 
Suite 3-D. Atlanta. GA 30030. 
404-377-1514. 




AVAILABLE FROM GOOD 
COMPUTER STORES 

High speed driving along a busy three lane highway, crowded 
with cars and trucks is the challenge set by the Highway Hawks. 
Perception, intuition, and fast reflexes under pressure will be the 
assets you will need most to weave your way through the heavy 
traflic as quickly as possible wiping out any obstructions with the 
lasers, grenades or vaporizers. 

Time Bonuses can be used to purchase faster cars, better 
weaponary or super grip tires to screech your racer round the 
sharp bends. You will need all the help you can get for sure. 
You must keep your car fueled, the engine cool and keep a sharp 
eye on the road for oil slicks and avoid tire punctures. Your big- 
gest headache may be the Assassin cars determined to stop you 
dead in your tracks. Their aim is lethal and they must be 

eliminated quickly. 
Your most powerful car accessory is 
the powerful RADAR SCANNER 
showing the road ahead. Does the 
situation warrant the use of vaporizer 
or will a grenade do. You have sec- 
onds to decide. Watch out for the 
lane closures. The trucks as usual 
will hog the road leaving you fuming, 
unless you have the skills to find the 
gaps or weapons to clear the road 
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AMIGA LIGHTPEN $129 

Inkwell Systems, 1050 Pioneer Way, Suite R, 
El Cajon CA 92020, 619-440-7666 

Une of the things I missed most when [ switched from 
the C64 to the Amiga was my Flexidraw lightpen from 
Inkwell Systems. The pen seemed the most natural way to 
draw. I was gratified, however, at the Amiga mouse sensi- 
tivity, so I resigned myself to "mousing it" while price 
deprived me of a digitizing pad. It was therefore a delight 
to beta test the new Amiga lightpen and driver by Inkwell. 

Designated the I84-A, the Amiga pen looks identical to 
the ergonomic 180-C pen for the C64/128. They are, how- 
ever, not interchangeable. The 184- A has a non -fatiguing, 
lightweight plastic body, triangular for easy hand fit. and a 
56 inch, tangle resistant cord. Two buttons trigger left and 
right "mouse" commands. The driver disk contains the 
invisible background program that is loaded along with 
your paint program or installed in the startup sequence. 
Adequate documentation prints from the disk. 

Your probable first question about the pen, ditto mine: 
"Does it integrate with the major Amiga paint programs?" 
As 1 write, it only works with Photon Paint vl . It will also 
be compatible with Deluxe Paint v3.0, Express Paint 2.0, 
and Photon Paint 2.0. In my own tests it worked fine with 
Fantavision but Deluxe PhotoLab displayed some harm- 
less glitchy-ness. Full lightpen compatibility could be pro- 
grammed into new software. 

How does it perform? The Italians say it with a flat 
hand, palm down, that tips back and forth. "Mezzo, 
mezzo!" "So, so!" On the C64 the Flexidraw program was 
black and white so the pen didn't have to read colors. 
Scanning over very dense colors on the Amiga can some- 
times be slow and will halt completely over solid areas of 
red or black. Unless you object to two-fisted computing, it 
presents little difficulty since you can use the mouse inter- 
changeably for any problem areas. With Easy! connected 
to the expansion port, all three devices will work alter- 
nately. Overscan Is not supported and I megabyte is sug- 
gested for interlaced modes. 

I couldn't seem to find the right button positions session 
to session with the 184- A pen while beta testing. It either 
hair triggered or didn't respond. Inkwell came up with a 
unique solution to this touchy "feel" in the final release 
software. On installation you can select a feedback pro- 
gram which gives a separate tone for each burton when 
pressed. My fingers "learned" effortlessly where to go. 




Buttons allow for drawing at a nice "lean-back" distance 
from the screen. 

After testing the 184-A for several weeks, I got surpris- 
ing good news from Inkwell. My old Flexidraw 170-C pen 
would work with the driver disk. The 170-C is a profes- 
sional quality pen with an aluminum body and a single, 
more convenient, tip switch. I booted up the driver and 
found myself immediately "sweet-home" comfortable. 
Whether the 170-C is a more precise instrument or only 
seemed so after my years of practice was difficult to judge. 

The bad news about the 170-C is that having only one 
switch, the Alt-Amiga (Commodore) keys must be 
pressed simultaneously to simulate the left button pro- 
gram selections. The pen then draws in foreground colors 
without the tip switch being pressed to the screen. If the 
driver software could designate the Caps Lock key for left 
button commands it would free up your hand for coffee, 
the phone, or an itch. ...but then what do I know? 1 have 
faith someone out there will provide a solution that won't 
include holes in pen or pocketbook. 

In "you gets what you pays for" mode, the Inkwell 
Amiga lightpen is a bargain compared with digitizing 
pads. I highly recommend trying it at your local store 
first. Not everyone can tolerate the arm fatigue or the dan- 
gling cord. I continue suggesting coiled cords. 

Personally I would opt for the 170-C at $99 plus the 
driver disk at S34.95 for slightly over the cost of the 184- 
A including the driver at $ 1 29, and hope for a switch solu- 
tion. Inkwell promises updates with a hint that overscan 
will follow along for those wise enough to send in those 
warranty cards. 

For some of you the lightpen may seem a Mickey 
"mouse" solution, for others it will be like welcoming 
home a loved lost pet. - Sue Albert 



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Easyl 

Anakin Research, 100 Westmore Drive 
Rexdale, ON M9 V 5C3 Canada 4 i 6-744-4246 



AProwDraw 

R & DL Productions, 1 1 -24 46th Avenue. #2A, 
Long Island City, NY 1 1 1 1 71 8-392-4090 

Pencraft ^^+ 

Kurta. 4610 South 35th Street 
Phoenix, AZ 85040 602-276-5533 

1 here are currently three graphics tablets available for 
the Amiga: Anakin Research's Easyl. R & DL Produc- 
tions' AProwDraw. and Kurta's Pencraft. Easyl is pres- 
sure sensitive, letting you use a favorite pen or pencil. The 
Kurta and AProwDraw units read the position of a special 
stylus or puck (a mouse-like device) using radio waves. 

— w- 1 > Easyl comes in model-specific 

^L versions for the 500, 1000, and 
^^^^^ 2000. Driver software and a mini- 
^^£l*^^ m;u drawing package are included. 
-■^^^^^^^ The tablet's programmable menu 
' bar can be configured for the most- 
used options of your paint program. Many operations 
require two hands, one for the pen and one for the buttons 
on the tablet. There is at least one instance (using Control- 
key operations in DPaint) that requires three hands. We 
assume this is a feature for space aliens. Easing up on 
drawing pressure terminates whatever operation you're 
performing, which is only slightly less annoying than 
when the rubbery plastic mat wrinkles. 




> The AProwDraw package com- 
bines a Summagraphics tablet with 
driver software from R & DL. The 
optional $50 puck should be con- 
sidered a necessity. We found the 
pen cord constraining (it needs a 
swivel connector): but in this office, keeping a pen 
leashed keeps it from wandering off. The radio waves can 
transmit thru a half inch depth, letting you trace from 
books with excellent results. It has an external power sup- 
ply that needs to be unplugged "when the driver is halted" 
and a manual which explains ways to avoid such glitches. 

>■ While it shows much promise, 
the Kurta Pencraft pad has the fatal 
flaw of operating only in low reso- 
lution (320 X 200). We're assured 
by Kurta that new driver software 
is in beta testing and will add sup- 
port for other resolutions. It operates on the same posi- 
tional system as the AProwDraw and has its own pro- 
grammable menu bar. We love the Pencraft's cordless sty- 
lus and puck (included). We like the feel of this one better 
than the other two, and would rate it higher if it would 
work in all resolutions. 

Each tablet excels at something: Easyl is easy to install. 
AProwDraw has an honest, helpful manual. Menu opera- 
tions seem to be the toughest things to master, with 
AProwDraw a bit more touchy. The main thing to remem- 
ber if you're considering a graphics tablet is to try it out 
with the software you want to use before you buy. Then 
plan on taking some time to get used to it. 

- Megan Ward & Tom Malcom 




SIZES 
COST 


AProDraw 




Easyl 

8.5X12 

S399 S449 S499 
A500 A 1000 A2000 
Rubber mat 


Pencraft 

8.5X11 12X12 12X17 
$525 S645 S995 
All Amigas 
Acetate over hard plastic 


9X6 12X12 
S449 S549 


12X18 
S999 


MACHINES 
SURFACE 


All Amigas 
Hard plastic 




SCREEN MODES 


ALL 




ALL 


320 X 200 ONLY 


INTERFACE 


Serial 




expansion slot 


serial 


PROGRAMMABLE 
HOW IT WORKS 


NO 




YES 


YES 


Radio Frequency 




Pressure Sensitive 


Radio Frequency 


ON/OFF 


Unplus from socket 


Kevboard Command 


Switch on tablet 













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DESIGNER DATA 

If you use Software Visions' 
Microfiche Filer or Microfiche 
Filer Pitts, your life jusi became 
a liule easier. The company sent 
us copies of ihe first two in 
what is to be a series of prc-fab 
databases. Home I (S39) pro- 
vides databases for keeping 
track of video/audio tapes, 
recipes, household inventory, 
your home budget, and the like. 
Business I ($59) includes appli- 
cations such as a general ledger, 
expense report. inventor;, 
billing, calendar, and a mail 
merge module. Each database 
comes with instructions and lips 
written by the person who cre- 
ated it. ARexx macros are also 
included with several of the 
applications. All of Ihe 
databases and macros can be 
easily customized to suit your 
own needs. PO Box 3319, 
Framingham. MA 01701. 508- 
875-1238. 



IN SEQUENCE 

Dr. T's (did you know there 
really is a Dr. T? His name is 
Dr. Emile Tobenfeld) Music 
Software has released the latest 
in their long line of music soft- 
ware. Level II of the KCS 
V.1.6A (Keyboard Controlled 
Sequencer} has three modes of 
operation — Track. Open, and 
Song - along with a Pro- 
grammable Variations Genera- 
tor and Master Editor. The PVG 
provides all sorts of options for 
ringing changes on your music, 
including note selection by 
absolute pitch, velocity, dura- 
tion, pattern matching, pilch 
interval relative to adjacent 
notes, and more. You can also 
add trills and ornaments, and 
controller events. A Macro 
function allows for even more 
elaborate editing. The Master 
Editor has a veritable plethora 



of features, including pilch 
mapping, chord alteration, track 
utilities, and more. Level II also 
supports SMPTE interface with 
MIDI Song Pointer, lhus simpli- 
fying the addition of a sound 
track lo video. Price is $349. 
200 Boylston St.. Chestnut Hill, 
MA 02167. 617-244-6954. 



I HAVE A LITTLE 
LIST 

The latest in Microilhisions' 
Photon Video series is the Kdit 
Decision List Processor. The 
EDLP is a $499.95 product that 
will assist in professional video 
production. A video piece is 
generally put together from 
many little pieces of tape or 
film, and this software provides 
a way of talking to editing 
equipment. The EDLP will let 
you create a list of which snip- 
pels you want lo include in the 
final cdil and then transfer it to 
the editing machine via the 
Amiga's serial port. It supports 
3 tracks (one video and two 
audio) for split edits, a search 
command, automatic recalcula- 
tion after changes are made to 
the list, sorting, and up to 999 
events per file. It works with 
30-framc NTSC. 25-framc EBU 
(PAL), and supports CMX, ISC, 
Convergence. United Media, 
and Grass Valley EDL formats. 
17408 Chatsworth St.. Granada 
Hills. CA91344. 818-360-3715. 



INTELLIGENT 
TOOLBOX 

An add-on series of modules is 
being released for Magellan, the 
expert system from Emerald 
Intelligence. The Interface 
Toolkit consists of five modules 
thai will let Magellan communi- 
cate with the outside world. 
SBFIO will import Superbase 
files, WKSIO does ihe same for 




Desktop Budget from Gold Disk 



Lotus worksheets, ASCIO 
brings in ASCII text files, 
SERIO talks lo the serial port, 
thus letting Magellan talk to a 
BBS. and PORTIO offers 
ARexx macro capability (five 
macro examples are included). 
Final price hasn't been set. but 
will be under S100. 334 S. Slate 
St.. Ann Arbor. MI 48104. 313- 
663-8757. 



RECORDER 

We received a copy of Encore 
from Elipsys just before 
prcsstime. The program is a 
full-featured macro recorder 
whose basic function is to 
record keyboard/ mouse macros 
and then assign them lo 
hotkeys. Mouse movements can 
be captured with either absolute 
or relative positioning. The 
resulting macros can also have 
speech synchronized to them. 
and scrolling text across the 
bottom of the screen is also an 
option. Macro playback speed 
can be varied, and macros can 
also be made to loop, for creat- 
ing continuous demos. Cost is 
$69.95. PO Box 16757. Scaitlc. 
WA 981 16. 206-938-0825. 



MONEY MATTERS 

In a departure from their usual 
realm. Cold Disk has released 
Desktop Budget, a home/small 
office accounting package. It's 
mostly icon driven, and pro- 
vides an online calculator, along 
with easy setup of monthly pay- 
ments. It will also do month-end 
reconciliations and handle year- 
end rollover. Different types of 
accounts can be set up and icons 
attached to them for easy 
access. This is the first in a 
series of productivity lilies com- 
ing this year from Gold Disk. 
$6*9.95. 2179 Dunwin Dr., #6. 
Mississauga. ON L5L 1X2 
Canada. 416-828-0913, 



FORMANIA 

Business is addicted to forms, 
and FormAtion will let you 
design your own. Anything 
from lax forms to expense logs 
to hall passes can be created 
with il. IFF graphics can also be 
used in the design. $69.95 from 
Iconoclassic Software, PO Box 
31323. Richmond. VA 23294. 
804-273-0312. 



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This list of over 60 new games includes recent 
releases (marked with an '**) and others that have 
been announced as "coming soon". We try hard not 
to duplicate ourselves in this list -- many of the 
games listed in the last couple of issues still haven't 
made it to market, but we only list 'em once! Also, 
they're not listed if we've included them in this 
issue's Games Section. 



C64: 



Accolade: F-86 Sabre 
Strike, Jack Nicklaus 
Course disk 
Data East: Guerrilla" 
DigiTek: Joe Blade, West- 
ern Games, Hole in One, 
Dino-Wars (Apr.) 
Electronic Arts: Powerpiay 
Hockey: USA vs. USSR*, 
Project Firestart 
Epyx: Axe of Rage 
Free Spirit: M.A.C.H. 
(Maneuverable Armed 
Computer Humans) 
Image Works/Cine- 
maware: Speedball 
Interplay: Battle Chess 
(July) 

Intracorp: Trump Castle* 
Medalist International/ 
MicroProse: Destroyer 
Escort, Keith Van Eron's 
Pro Soccer 

Mindscape: Deja Vu II - 
Lost in Las Vegas, Thunder 
Blade, Kick Butt <S Slam 
SSI/EA: First Over Ger- 
many' 

AMIGA: 

Accolade: Fast Break, 
Grand Prix Circuit 
Anco: Highway Hawks* 
Bethesda Softworks: 
Wayne Gretzky Hockey" 
Broderbund: Star Wars' 
Spotlight/Cinemaware: 
Deathbringer, Federation, 
Total Eclipse 
Datasoft/EA: Time & 
Magik* 



Data East: Platoon* 
Digitek: Dino-Wars (Apr.) 
Electronic Arts: Project 
Firestart, Zany Golf* 
Epyx: The Games - Winter 
Edition* 

Free Spirit: The Last Inca*, 
Planet of Lust - Sex Vixens 
from Space II 
Image Works/Cine- 
maware: Speedball 
Impulse: Evil Garden 
Incognito: Kingdoms of 
England 

Infocom: Journey, Battle 
Tech 

Interplay: Neuromancer 
(April) 

Magnetic Images: Gold of 
the Realm* 

Mastertronic: War in Mid- 
dle Earth* 

MicroDeal: Goldrunner II*, 
International Soccer*, Air- 
ball, Jug 

MicroProse: Gunship 
Mindscape: Speedball, 
Balance of Power 1990 
ed.*, Thunder Blade, Com- 
bat Course* 
Panther Games: Fire- 
Brigade' 

Psygnosis: Ballistix 
Readysoft: Scary Mutant 
Space Aliens From Mars', 
Cosmic Bouncer*, Rock 
Challenge* 

Sega/Mind scape: Space 
Harrier*, Out Run' 
SSI/EA: Dragon Lance* 
Titus: Galactic Conqueror* 
Visionary Design: Data- 
storm, Vortex 




GRID START 

Race your 6 gear FORMULA 1 
car with Booster against 23 
other cars over 6 world famous 
circuits. Practice long and hard 
before you even enter the 
Novice class. 



KARTING GRAND PRIX 

GO KART racing is great fun 
but requires skill and ex- 
perience in the selection of 
Sprocket sizes and tires to suit 
the track, weather conditions 
and style of driving. Practice or 
Compete over 8 tracks. 1 or 2 
players. 




"*1Tt3 BIT mi 



Witi-rr-: 



THAI BOXING 

Combines fast and furious ac- 
tion of Karate and lethal pun- 
ches of Boxing. 6 spectacular 
backdrops. 1 or 2 players. 



FLIGHT PATH 737 

An Advance Pilot Trainer, 1he 
program takes you through the 
most interesting aspects of fly- 
ing. Take off and climb over 
mountain ranges, then attempt 
a safe landing. Six levels of ad- 
dictive flying experience. 





XR 35 

Eight sectors of fast shooting 
against numerous enemies 
moving fast in ever changing 
patterns, ready to annihilate 
your super maneuverable ship. 
Multi plane scrolling back- 
ground. 



LAS VEGAS 

You have 55 and a burning am- 
bition to break the bank at LAS 
VEGAS. Play SLOTS with the 
very latest features, HIGH or 
LOW and finally the BLACK 
JACK table to realize your 
ambition. 



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FOUR DISKS 



P.D. BOX 228 
BURGEITSTOWN, PA 15021 



DISTRIBUTED BY 

ESP corp 

1 -800-992-91 98 

AVAILABLE FROM 

GOOD COMPUTER STORES 



ACTION 
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Imagine promising an Amiga 
desktop publishing program that 
will put all those Macintosh 
DeskTop Yuppies in their place. 
Now advertise and accept orders 
wrme you work on creating this 
all-encompassing software miracle. 
Try to grasp the enormous pressure 
to release the product soon. Very 
soon. Too soon, maybe. You might, 
like Soft-Logik, be tempted to ship 
what is essentially a bug-ridden 
beta version of your program. 

But why go on and on about bug 
after crash after guru? Let's just 
offer you two PageStream survival 
tips: 1) put the support number on 
your auto dialer, or 2) wait for a 
new release - it may alleviate some 
or all of our current complaints. 
With this in mind and expectations 
in check, onward. 

PageStream tries to please 
ryone by outpuiting to dot 
mff&Jj, HP Laserjet, and most 
PostStfipt printers. This page was 
created using PageStream, and 
'nted on a PostScript laser 
There are a number of gee 
atures that make this 
program, a layout bonanza. From 
visual effects to font management, 
it tries to create the best of all 
possible DTP worlds. 

Where most layout programs 
have pages and a clipboard, 
PageStream uses a windowing 
system. Once you set a master 
(default) page, all pages in that 
window are the same size. You can 
have many windows up and 
running, and append them together. 
Columns for text can be linked, 
or routed from definable page 
settings. So words flow easily 
throughout the document (hence 
the name PageStream?). When 
used in conjunction with automatic 
page numbering and double sided 
documents (an option that mirrors 
the margins for odd and even 
pages), this program becomes a 
model of efficiency for large text 
files. 

The program manages font 
handling internally -fonts are 






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PAGESTREAM $199.95 



Soft-Logik Publishing Corporation 

11131 F South Towne Square, St. Louis MO 63123 314-894-8608 



structured graphics. This means no 
manual downloading of fonts, and 
allows stretched, bent, and rotated 
text to be output smoothly. This is 
where this program shines! Type 
wherever you like, it automatically 
creates a box for you to manipulate. 
Ten resident fonts in twelve styles 
are included, and the attributes for 
sizing, spacing, kerning, wrap 
around, and justifying arc all there. 
The Tag feature saves the attributes 
you have defined to a font, and you 
can save as many as 255 different 
tag files. This can be thought of as 
a sort of macro for fonts. 

PageStream offers 4-color 
separations, but the quality is low. 
Line density is set permanently at 
60, less than half of what we use. 
The palette requester is dismal. 
Where are the usual 16 steps of 
RGB, or the 1-100% of yellow, 



magenta, cyan, and black? Instead 
there are numbers from zero to 
65,535. You'll be belter off letting 
your printer do colors, screens, and 
graphics, or stick to black and 
white wherever you can. 

PageStream's low rating is due 
to the plague of bugs we 
encountered with it. Bug-infested 
programs discourage users; they 
create bad press not just for the 
software, but for the machine and 
the industry. We do, however, 
recognize PageStream's unrealized 
potential. And, like a gangly 
adolescent, we hope to see it 
mature into a sophisticated adult 
role model. So as new versions of 
PageStream are released, we will 
update our rating to reflect its 
progress towards fulfilling its 
promises. - Megan Ward 



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2.0 




YOU NEVER KNEW YOUR AMIGA 
COULD BE THIS GOOD! 



WITH THE MOST OUTSTANDING PAINT 
FEATURES, SOPHISTICATED OPERATIONS 
AND SPECIAL EFFECTS ONLY BEFORE 
AVAILABLE ON DEDICATED GRAPHIC 
WORKSTATIONS, PHOTON PAINT 2.0'S 
POWER IS LIMITED ONLY BY YOUR 
IMAGINATION! 

Just look at some of Photon Paint 2.0's fea- 
tures: • Contour Mapping 'Light Source 
Specification and Shadowing • More Sophis- 
ticated Brush Operations 'Stretch Option 

• 4,096 Color Palette • Page Flipper 

• Magnification • Rub-through 'Panto- 
graph 'Blending 'Full Manipulation of 
Color Values •Colorization 'Air Brush 

• Stencil •Fill Polygon »RGB and HSV 

• And Photon Paint is fully compatible with 
the Photon Video Series and most third 




2.0 UPGRADE for information call: 

17408 Chatsvrarth St., Granada Hills, CA 91 
Inside CA 818/360-371 5 • Outside a 800/52 
FAX 818/360-1464 



party art and animation systems! 
This is what the critics said about Photon 
Pai nt 1 .0 ( wait unti 1 they try 2.0 ! ): 
"Photon Paint is an essential part of the ideal 
Amiga graphics studio." Roger Goode, 
Amiga World 

"...the cutting edge of paint program tech- 
nology and a step into the future for Amiga 
graphics." Louis Markoya, Amiga Transactor 
"...this program is dynamite and is a must 
have for every graphics affecianado." Mark 
Smith. The Amiga Sentry 
"Photon Paint is without a doubt the most 
complete painting program available for the 
Amiga..." Lewis Tilley, Your Amiga 
Phuton Paint is a trademark of Microillusions 
Amipaand Commodore arc trademarks of Commodore 
International, Inc. 



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ROOT-WARE 

Gcncologisis will be interested 
in GENP. a family history pack- 
age from Australia. While we 
haven't seen the actual soft- 
ware, the specs look good. The 
program produces three basic 
types of charts: Pedigree, Fam- 
ily Group Sheet, and Descen- 
dant. Each individual's entry 
can also have a picture attached 
to it, and multiple databases can 
be created. It also has telecom- 
munications capability, easy-to- 
use searching- 9 user-definable 
fields, and the unusual ability to 
change from English to other 
languages. A stripped-down ver- 
sion for 512K. machines is also 
available. Cost is $150 AUS. 
For more INFO, contact GENP. 
37 Charles St.. Cheltenham. 
Victoria, 3 192, Australia. (03) 
584 2765. 



BUDGETEER 

Making a budget is always a 
pain, and slicking to it is even 
worse. To help in the process. 
Prakticon has released Hud- 
geleer, a compiled BASIC 
spreadsheet-like package that 
provides you with a selection of 
budgetary categories. Whal-if 
calculations are supported, 
along with several graphing 
functions. $39.95. 27 Hutchings 
Ct. NE. Medicine Hat. AB TIC 
1G3 Canada. 403-526-4765. 



VIDEO VISIONS 

CV Designs sent samples of 
their art and backdrop disks. 
There tire seven volumes 
available, each consisting of 
two disks. Cost is S24.95 per 
volume. Subject matter covers 
everything from weddings to 
weather. 61 Clewley Rd.. Med- 
ford. MA 02 155. 617-396-8354. 



BACK TO BASICS 

Compatibility is a main selling 
point of HiSoft BASIC. This 
editor/compiler claims compati- 
bility with AmigaBASIC. 
Microsoft's MS/DOS QuickBA- 
SIC3, and Atari ST BASIC, 
thus making it useful for cross- 
development. The package, 
from Michtron, provides an edi- 
tor, selective runtime routines, 
and a symbolic debugger, 
among other things. It will also 
allow compatible C or assem- 
bler code to be incorporated as 
functions or subroutines. Array 
sizes are limited only by 
memory, and string variables 
can be up to 16Mb. (Can you 
imagine using an entire novel as 
a variable name?) The compiled 
code is compatible with the 
68010/20/30. Cost is SI 59.95. 
576 S. Telegraph. Pontiac, MI 
48053.313-334-5700. 



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DATA GRABBER 

The first of a group of data 
acquisition products is being 
marketed by A.MS. The SAM 
(Subsystem Acquisition Mod- 
ule) provides two sampling 
rates, 5MS/s and KtMS/s, 8 bit 
resolution, and has a capacity of 
8 to 64 K for each of up to 8 
channels. It comes with soft- 
ware that offers digital filtering, 
modulations, lime and voltage 
cursoring. and hi-res display of 
waveforms (which can be 
panned). Cost is S239 for the 
startup kit, with additional 
channels priced at S159. 13552 
Portsmouth Circle. Westminster, 
CA 92683. 714-893-0762. 



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IF HenChoice:2 THEN GOSUB PatternDone : KENU 2,8,8 

IF ttenChoice:3 THEN GOSUB ColorBone \ MENU 2,0,8 ! 

IF HenChoice:4 THEN GOSUB ColorBotie : GOSUB Patter 

IF MenChoice=5 THEN GOSUB ColorDone I GOSUB Patter 

IF HenChoice=6 AND Mode-1 THEN 0K:8 ;G0SUB Query : 

IF HenChoice=7 THEN GOSUB ColorDone : GOSUB Patter 
RETURN 

OrauTools: 

HENU 2,0rawType,1 

DrawType : HENU (1) 

HENU 2,DrauType,2 
RETURN 

DrauThin! 
Test: HOUSE(B) : x:H0USE(1) : y=H0USE(2) 
WHILE HOUSE (8)08 
LINE (x,y)-(HOLSE(l),MOUSE(2)),DrauColor 
x=H0USE(1) I y=HBUSE<2) 

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The editing screen from HiSoft BASIC 



INSIDE STUFF 

Supra, makers of modems and 
other hardware, have released 
the first internal modem we've 
seen for the A2000. The 
SupraModem 2400zi is a half- 
length card that will fit any 
internal slot, so if you have a 
cage for your A500. ii would be 
possible to install it. 2400, 
1200, and 300 baud operation 
are all supported, and custom 
configurations, which are stored 
in nonvolatile memory, are 
accomplished in software, 
rather than by DIP switches. For 
S 179.95, you get a speaker. 
Hayes compatibility, and sup- 
port for Bell 103/212A and 
CCITT V.21/V.22/V.22bis pro- 
tocols. It conies with a one-year 
warranty and is made in the 
USA. 1133 Commercial Way, 
Albany. OR 97321. 503-967- 
9075.' 



SAMPLER 

Those of you on the lookout for 
a sound digitizer/sampler will 
want to check out FutureSuund 
500. The device connects to 
your A500 or A2000's parallel 
port via a ribbon cable. Left and 



right channel audio inputs are 
provided, along with a 3.5mm 
microphone jack, and there's a 
slider for volume control. It will 
handle sampling rales from 
5042 to 42.1 18 samples per sec- 
ond in mono mode, and up to 
19.889 in stereo. A software 
editing package is also included 
in the SI 19.95 price tag. [Note: 
owners of the earlier Future- 
Sound digitizer for the A 1000 
can upgrade to the A500 for 
S75.| Applied Visions. One 
Kendall Square. Suite 2200. 
Cambridge. MA 02139. 617- 
494-5417. 



NEW GENLOCK 

VidTech, a new Miami-based 
company, is producing a new 
broadcast-quality genlock for 
all Amiga models. The Scan- 
lock VSL-1 supports compos- 
ite, component (chroma/luma or 
Y/C) format It's equipped with 
fade control and promises 
glitch-free switching between 
reference, computer, and keyed 
video. It comes in two models, 
one for NTSC (S995) and 
another for PAL ($1095), 2822 
NW 79th Ave., Miami. FL 
33122. 305-477-2228. 



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Feed Me, 
Bryce! 




FEED ME, 
BRYCE!!! 










Thank Goodness* 
It was just a tlrean* 




Gregory Conley can be contacted by writing: Gregory Conley. 17320 Laverae Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44135 



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PAINT 
PROGRAMS 



eonardo da Vinci would 
have loved the Amiga. 
He was a man who 
worked with both sides of 
his brain. His technical and 
scientific side would have 
appreciated the simple 
elegance of the mouse, the 
efficiency of storing so much 
information on such a little 
disk, and the grand mystery 
of a box with no moving 
parts whose sole purpose is 
to serve as an extension of 
the human mind. The left 
side of Leonardo's brain 
would have been overjoyed 
with the brilliant colors of 
the Amiga display, and with 
the ease with which those 
colors can be manipulated 
and blended to create works 
of art. And if Leonardo had 
owned an Amiga, you can 
bet he would have also 
owned every paint program 
available for it! 




An Amiga paint program won't make 
you a Leonardo, but it can help you to 
unleash the artist in you. Art is an amal- 
gamation of imagination and technique. 
Both of these talents can be developed 
through exercise. A paint program sup- 
plies you with a set of artistic "power 
tools" that can speed you along the path 
of developing your technical skills 
while sparking your imagination. 

PAINT AND CANVAS 

Think of the Amiga screen as an art 
studio, with a wide selection of canvas- 
es anil paints sitting around. There are 
4(1^6 shades of "paint" available, each 
mixed from red. green, and blue light. 
Each color of light is available in six- 
teen different brightness levels from 
(no color at all. or black) to 15 (full, in- 
tense color). For example. 15/rcd, 
I. "'/green, and 0/hlue makes yellow. 

Because of the way computers repre- 
sent color in memorv. you can choose a 



palette of 2, 4, 8, 16. 32. 64, or 40% 
colors for your picture. Palettes of 32, 
64, and 4096 colors lake up so much of 
the Amiga's graphics memory that you 
are limited to using them only in lo-res 
mode. Halfbrite mode provides 64 col- 
ors, with 32 of them user-selectable. 
The second 32 are a repeat of the first, 
but half as bright. (It's an excellent 
mode for depicting shadows.) The 
Amiga's full 4096-color capability 
comes into play in HAM mode, which 
stands for hold-and-modify. It works 
with a palette of 16 definable colors, 
shading and blending them on-screen to 
create the full range of Amiga color. 

The Amiga's video "canvases" come 
in several sizes. Low resolution gives 
you a screen that is 320 dots wide and 
200 dots tall. High-resolution mode is 
twice as wide, but the same height. Hi- 
res mode is limited to 16 colors. You 
can add interlace to either of these 
screen resolutions to create a screen that 
is twice as high (400 pixels) if you don't 



Japan is a 320x200 

32-color picture by Illinois 

artist Scott Martindale. 




mind some flicker. There are also overscan modes that are perfect 
for video work: overscan creates screens of up to 752x494 resolu- 
tion thai are borderless and bleed off the edges of the video moni- 
tor. Some paint programs allow you to work in a scrolling work 
area larger than the display screen. The size of these superbitmap 
images is determined by the software itself, or by the memory limi- 
tations of your Amiga. 

Amiga images are stored to disk in a file format called IFF (In- 
terchange File Format). Where artists on other machines must 
struggle with a variety of incompatible file formats, Amiga artists 
can freely save and load work from one paint program into another. 

BRUSHES AND TOOLS 

All Amiga paint programs provide the following features: 

DRAWING TOOLS: Freehand draw, straight lines, and elemental' 
geometric objects like circles and rectangles. There is almost al- 
ways an option to draw any of these as a filled solid. 
BRUSHES: There is generally a wide selection of pen styles and 
sizes. You'll also find the capability to pick up a portion of the 
screen and draw with it as a brush, which can be rotated and sized 
as needed, and saved and loaded from disk. 

PAINTING: You mix colors using red, green, and blue slider gad- 
gets, and can spread a range of colors. 

GADGETS: A selection of tools like a "zoom" magnifying mode, 
mirroring, a spare screen, an "undo" option, and the like are con- 
sidered standard equipment these days. Most paint programs also 
include a handful of unique tools. 

Where Amiga paint programs differ is in the "extras" they pro- 
vide, as well as in the Amiga modes they work in. They generally 
fall into one of two categories: HAM and non-HAM. Because 
HAM mode operates so differently that the other Amiga display 
modes, they tend to be very different from non-HAM paint pro- 
grams. First we'll look at non-HAM paint programs. 

<3 DELUXE PAINT 

With all of its new tools and gadgets, the first thing 1 noticed 
about DPaint III is its speed: it's perceptibly faster than previous 
versions at fills, perspective antialiasing, and other time-consuming 
tasks. 

There are also many improvements to old features, like the im- 
proved font handling. Now there's a requester that lets you specify 




DPaint's new Anim menu gives you access to 

the Move requester shown here. The little 

beach guy was rotated using these settings. 



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Perspective mode. These magnified views 

illustrate what antialiasing is all about. 



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tools and colors. Its geometric shapes are nice, 

but using Frames can be cumbersome. 




Aegis Images lets you edit and maintain a 

selection of 16 different fill patterns, all of 

them as easy to select and use as a palette color. 



font pathnames and preview fonts before you use them. There's a 
new set of intelligent buttons on the file requester that knows what 
drives your system really has attached. When you load a picture, 
you are now asked if you want the screen resolution and palette ad- 
justed to match it. If you change modes in mid-edit. you are also 
asked if you want your picture sized to fit the new format. There's 
even a new print requester with all the preferences options for 
width, height, aspect, placement, and such right al your fingertips. 

DPaint III gives you stencils, grids, coordinates, symmetry, and 
just about anything else you can think of. Most of the features have 
extra bells and whistles. The perspective mode is very powerful, 
allowing you to create beautiful 3D effects. Antialiasing (for 
smoothing out color transitions) is hidden within the perspective 
mode, and is reason enough to learn how to use it properly. 64- 
color halfbrite support has been added lo this latest version, and 
there's a new halfbrite brush that's great for creating shadow effec- 
ts. There's even a new "live" overscan mode. 

Lots of new little additions make your life easier, like the indis- 
pensable filled freehand draw mode. There's a new edge option 
that adds outlines to or strips them from a brush. And speaking of 
brushes, you can now place your brush handle anywhere you want 
to - great for getting at those hard-to-reach places. But my favorite 
new feature is saving pictures without all those annoying ".info" 
icon files! 

And then there's animation. The animation tools are marvelous 
for moving and twisting brushes in 3D space. You can even pick up 
an animated brush and draw with it! This not only lets you make 
some tremendous animations, but gives you a nice set of new tools 
for special effects in still paintings as well. 

Not even DPaint III is perfect, of course. You can't keep multi- 
ple patterns or brushes on hand, and we're not fond of the way the 
new font handling reassigns the fonts: directory. But our complain- 
ts are few, and DPaint Ill's strengths are legion. It's not just a paint 
program - it's a marvelous creative tool. If you can buy just one 
piece of software for your Amiga, it should he Deluxe Paint III. 

S AEGIS IMAGES 

Two versions of Aegis Images come in the box, one for lo-res 
and one for hi-res mode. Interlace is not an option. The lo-res ver- 
sion works in 32 colors, the hi-res in 16. 

Where most of the paint programs copy DPaint's way of doing 
things. Aegis Images does many things differently. For example. 



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Train, also from Light Systems, 
is lo-res 320x200 
black and white. 




there's a complete menu of brush shapes, and even a brush shape 
editor. You can also pick up a brush from the screen and paint with 
it. though Images calls those frames. To prove their point, they sur- 
round the object with a bright white frame containing rotation and 
sizing gadgets: it tends to get in the way. Images maintains a set of 
sixteen patterns for pattern fills, and includes an editor to create 
them, or they can be picked up from the screen. The patterns 
available appear right on the palette menu along with the available 
paint colors. All your most recent brushes, patterns, and drawing 
tools remain handy in the fast menu window. 

With Images' toolbox of geometric shapes, you can draw all the 
usual shapes, plus symmetrical objects of 2 to 19 sides, circular 
arcs of greater than ISO degrees, and parallelograms. Aegis Images 
provides a surprising array of sophisticated tools and effects like 
antialiasing, smear, and glow (like DPaint's Shade) color effects; 
stencils (which they simply call "under"); a pantograph tool for 
copying portions of a painting to another area: and vertical, hori- 
zontal, and diagonal mirror effects. 

There are also some aggravations. For example, there's no way 
to undo any painting you do with frames. When you do want to 
erase, you pick that option from a menu. 

Because it doesn't support all resolutions, Aegis Images 
shouldn't be your only paint program, but for the price it's worth 
keeping a copy in your artist's toolbox for the things it does well. 



EXPRESS PAINT 



Express Paint version 3.0 is a powerful paint program that is 
cursed with many annoyances. It can fill irregular shapes with text, 
justifying as it does; but it usually spaces out the words so badly as 
to make the effect unpleasing. You are given a nearly infinite num- 
ber of "undos", but to erase a minor mistake you have to pick I he- 
background color from the palette and paint it out. The circle tool 
includes an option to create nifty Bezier curves; but you can't draw 
a simple filled circle. There's a nifty little pop-up magnifier; but 
when used with grabbed brushes it gives you a closeup of your 
brush instead of the screen. 

But Express Paint's main difficulty is simply its incredible array 
of tool icons. The main tool menu stretches across the bottom of 
the screen. Clicking on any of the tool icons pops up another menu 
down the right side. Many of the icons are obscure and require a 
trip back to the quick reference card or even the two manuals for 
clarification. I've been using Express Paint off and on for weeks 




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CarHi, our third PD picture from 
Light Systems, is in 16 colors on a 
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the only paint program that handles 

all Amiga graphics modes. 



and I'm still not sure where many of the tools are without looking 
them up. And many operations are spread all over the place. For 
example, to pick up, size, and stamp down a brush ( or "cut", as 
this program calls them) requires a trip to three separate menus. 

Does Express Paint have some strengths? Yes. It supports all of 
the Amiga's resolutions and modes but HAM. It doesn't limit you 
to working with a single brush, but maintains a vast number of 
them simultaneously in memory. And the ability to undo a virtually 
unlimited sequence of steps is invaluable for testing ideas without 
fear. You can even mark and return to steps in the process. 

Express Paint's handling of superbitmaps is among the best 
we've seen, with excellent user control over screen size, edit win- 
dow size, and size of the working "virtual page" up to the limits of 
memory. Through virtual pages, Express Paint can make use of C 
Lid's LazerXpress scanner and laser printer for direct editing of 
laser printed pages at up to 300 dpi. And it directly supports both 
PostScript and color PostScript laser printers. 

Express Paint is awkward to use and hard to learn, and I feel we 
can recommend it only as a supplementary program. At a cost of 
$140, I'm afraid that means that most Amiga users won't get a 
chance to play with its good features. 

GRAPHICS STUDIO 

Accolade's Graphics Studio presents the Amiga artist with an 
unusual user interface - it's a port from the Apple IIGS {Graphics 
Studio = GS). Pull-down menus control functions like mirrors and 
pattern editing: more often-used selections "pop-up" from icons. 
Many familiar tools are cloaked in unfamiliar guises: fortunately, 
the screen's title bar displays what each icon does in plain English 
as you move the mouse pointer over them. 

Like Aegis images, GS works only in 32-color lo-res and 16- 
color hi-res modes. All the basic tools are here, but the geometric 
shapes are a little rough, especially in smaller sizes. Some are 
unique to Graphics Studio, like rounded-corner rectangles and con- 
centric circles. There are some extras, too. such as color cycling, 
selectable minor modes, editable patterns, and even adjustable 
dropshadows. Pattern fills include horizontal and vertical options 
that fill only in one direction - very useful for painting in open- 
ended areas. 

While I wouldn't choose Graphics Studio as my primary paint 
program, it does do some things well, If you've got an extra fifty 
bucks and you're really into Amiga art. check it out. 



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The Tower is a 320x400 HAM image 

created by California artist Brad Schenck, 

He also did North Light, 

the title page illustration. 




DELUXE PHOTOLAB PAINT 

Deluxe Phoiolah is a collection of three paint utilities. Posters 
lets you dump out poster-sized graphics, with color smoothing that 
makes them look great. Colors converts pictures from one screen 
size and color mode to another, and lets you play with color 
palettes. 1 think it's slow and inefficient: for that kind of work I'd 
suggest Butcher or PixMate instead. 

PhotoLab Paint is a full-featured paint program whose major 
strength is its unique ability to work in all the Amiga's graphics 
modes from monochrome to HAM. It gives you a nice selection of 
brushes, a Bezier curve tool, gradient and brush fills, filled free- 
hand draw, and a stencil mode that allows you to lock out drawing 
on the background or foreground colors. The color palette is partic- 
ularly convenient; you can mix RGB colors as usual, or pick them 
from a HAM-mode palette of all 4096. PhotoLab Paint lets you set 
the amount of dithering in a gradient fill, and there's a user- 
adjustable shade mode for producing highlights. 

My only real complaint with Paint is its abysmal file requester. 
It's a scrollable five-line display that jams file, directory, and vol- 
ume names all into one list, and it's a constant annoyance scrolling 
all over the place trying to find the file you need. 

This is a good basic paint program with a few nice extras. It's 
not a speed demon, but it's not snail-paced, either. You won't find a 
ba/.illion special effects here, but the ones you do have are very 
nice and can he supplemented (il you're patient) by some of the ef- 
fects in the PhotoLab Colors program. And if you have a nice col- 
or (or even black and white) printer, you'll certainly have a lot of 
fun with the Posters program. If you've been seeking one program 
that will let you work with both HAM and non-HAM pictures, this 
is your only choice: fortunately, it's not a bad choice at all. 



DIGIPAINT 



DigiPaint was the first HAM mode paint program, developed 
and released to allow users to edit pictures created with NewTek's 
DigiView video digitizer. Coming soon is DigiPaint 3.0. Lest you 
think you missed a version somewhere along the line, there is no 
DigiPaint 2.0. This was going to be called 2.0. but according to 
NewTek staffers, "We added too much stuff to raise it just one ver- 
sion number." We suspect a PR move to make it sound one genera- 
tion ahead of its major competitor. Photon Pain! 2.0. 

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documentation) has some impressive features. The menus have 
been completely revamped - ihey look great and work logically. As 
you can see from the sample screens on page 31, there are new 
ways of setting dithering, selecting colors, etc. You can even paint 
with a range of colors. You have your choice of eight different 
paint modes, including normal solid color, colorizing (tinting), and 
lightening and darkening. The most unusual is rub-thru, which al- 
lows you to merge parts of one picture behind another. 

We're especially fond of the new automatic screen scrolling, 
which scrolls the picture into view as you move the mouse. And 
still unique to DigiPaint is its 'Repeat' feature, which remembers 
the last area you worked on so you can undo boo-boos and redo 
things correctly without redrawing. You can also use it to perform a 
scries of operations on the same space. Very nice. 

M PHOTON PAINT 2.0 

We have been using beta copies of Photon Paint 2.0 in the of- 
fices here for a couple of months, and frankly we still can't believe 
all the features Microlllusions has squeezed into it. This simple and 
elegant program is to HAM mode what Deluxe Paint III is to the 
Amiga's other graphics modes. 

Besides the expected abilities to colorize and tint pictures, blend 
colors, and merge graphics almost seamlessly. Photon Paint 2.0 
has added a wide selection of interesting and useful features, start- 
ing with page-flip animation. You can create multiple animation 
screens up to the limits of memory, play them back, and save the 
works as an ANIM file. The brush tools have been enhanced with 
the ability to wrap brushes around 3D objects. There's also a mar- 
velous new contour mapping mode, which lets you assign 3D 
'heights' to different colors, then map the brush in 3D perspective. 

The new stencil feature lets you protect parts of your drawing by 
clipping around it, just like making a regular paper stencil. There's 
an automatic shadow effect that's quite nice, and there are now two 
separate menus for defining different drawing modes for foreground 
and background colors. From what we've seen of Photon Paint //, 
we expect it to become a favorite of HAM artists everywhere. 

An Amiga, a mouse, and a paint program won't turn every- 
one into an artist, but don't be afraid to sit down with any of 
these programs, open the manual, and experiment. You 
might just be amazed at what you can create. 



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AMIGA PAINT PROGRAM COMPARISON CHART 

POWER - Elementary, Intermediate, INTERLACE - 400 pixels high BLEND - color tint, blend, & smooth 
Advanced OVERSCAN - video mode SHADOW - automatic shadowing 

LO-RES - 320 wide / # colors: 32 on- SUPERB1TMAP - pictures > display CYCLE - # color cycle ranges 
ly / HB 2-32 colors + halfbritc STENCIL - by Area or Color ANIMATION - pageflip w/ ANIM 

HI -RES 640 wide/ # colors: 16 only 3D - 3D perspective brushes load & save 
/All (2-16) colors ANTIALIAS - color smoothing NOTES - extra features & omissions 

HAM - 4096 colors DITHER - color gradient fill 

♦ Basic features arc assumed (sec article). Due to space limitations, not all features have been listed lor all products. •> 


PRODUCT 


DELUXE 

PAINT III 


AEGIS GRAPHICS 
IMAGES STUDIO 


EXPRESS 
PAINT 


PHOTOLAB DIG1PAINTIII 
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PHOTON 
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COMPANY 


Electronic Arts 


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1) Includes two KARA fonts, 
elipart, and ANIM player 

2) 3D animation tools 

3) Automatically malches & 
changes screen formats. 

4) Pantograph 

5) Pattern fill with editor. 



6) Symmetrical geometric 
objects of 2 to 19 sides 

7) Key disk copy protection 

8) Includes slideshow program 

9) Mirror brushes only 

10) Multiple brushes 

11) Bezier curves 

12) Text fill 

13) Unlimited "undos" 



14) PostScript and 
LaserXpress laser printer 
support 

15) Virtual pages 

16) Includes Colors & Posters 
programs 

17) Repeat function 

18) 'Load af location 

19) Multiple simultaneous 



screens in different 
resolutions 

20) Automatic screen 
scrolling 

21) Rub-thru 

22) Swap brush 

23) Pixelize 

24) Wrap brush on object 



COMPANY LIST 



AMIGA 

Electronic Arts 
1 820 Gateway Dr. 
San Mateo CA 94404 
415-571-7171 

Aegis Development 
2115 Pico Blvd. 
Santa Monica CA 90405 
213-392-9972 



8-BIT 



Accolade 

550 S. Winchester Blvd. 

San Jose CA 95128 

408-985-1700 



NewTek 

115 West Crane, Ste. 

Topeka KS 66603 

800-843-8934 



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Microlllusions 

PO Box 3475 

Granada Hills CA91344 

818-360-3715 

Brown-Wagh 
16795 Lark Ave. #210 
Los Gatos, CA 95030 
800-451-0900 



Crvstal Rose 
109 S. LosRobles 
Pasadena CA 91 101 
818-795-6664 

Scorpion / CRL 
19 Harbor Drive 
Hopatcong NJ 07849 
201-663-0202 



Inkwell Systems 

1050 Suite R Pioneer Way 

El Cajon, CA 92020 

619-440-7666 

Free Spirit Software 
PO Box 128 
Kut/.town PA 19530 
215-683-5609 



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results can he achieved with Pro Draw, it 
takes more talent, patience, and time than 
most humans possess. 



PROFESSIONAL DRAW 

$199.95 

Gold Disk 

PO Box 789. Streelsvillc 

Mississauga Ont Canada L5M 2C2 

416-828-0913 

W e sometimes look at a new product 
and wonder why it has even been put on 
Ihe market. This is one of those limes. 
Professional Draw (better known 
among users as Pro Draw) adds very lit- 
tle to what is already available in Gold 
Disk's flagship publishing package. 
Professional Page (better known by 
users as Pro Page), and does it so 
slowly as to be virtually unusable by 
professionals (or anyone else for that 
matter). 

Pro Draw is a structured drawing 
program. Where a paint program ma- 
nipulates the individual pixels making 
up a bitmap image, a structured drawing 
program defines objects in terms of 
curves, lines, and areas. Unlike bitmaps. 
the finished structured object can be 
scaled, rotated, and modified without 
losing detail. Well established with the 
Macintosh crowd (where programs like 
Adobe Illustrator and Aldus" Freelland 
set the standard), structured drawing 
programs are ideal for creating slick line 
art, logos, illustrations, and other ele- 
ments for hi-end desktop publishing 
work. 

If you are familiar with Pro Page. 
your learning curve for Pro Draw will 
be short. The user interface is very simi- 



lar, as you can see by the screen shown 
here. The page scroll gadget, page se- 
lector, and many of the drawing tools 
are identical to those in Pro Page. The 
workpage is also the same, as are the 
layout and feel of many of the re- 
questers. You are given line, bezier 
curve, ellipse, and box tools, plus tools 
for distorting, sizing, cropping, and oth- 
erwise manipulating the pieces that 
make up a structured drawing. 

Judged by the established standards in 
the Macintosh world. Pro Draw is 
strictly an entry level structured draw- 
ing program. It lacks graduated fills, 
auto-tracing, text fit to curve, and most 
of the other features of (he top of the 
line Mac programs. In fact. Pro Draw 
offers so little over and above what is 
already available in Pro Page, one has 
to wonder why anyone would need it at 
all. And, though you can save graphics 
for importation into Pro Page. you*ll 
need the new version 1 .2 of Pro Page, 
now in beta testing, to do so. 

Creating text effects is one of the 
main reasons for wanting to use a pro- 
gram like Pro Draw, because Pro Page 
itself won't rotate, stretch, or warp text. 
Unfortunately, Pro Draw is supplied 
with only two fonts. Without a wide se- 
lection of fonts, the potential appeal of 
Pro Draw is even further limited.* 
Since text is treated as just another 
structured object, manipulating text is 
identical to working with any of the oth- 
er graphic elements in Pro Draw. If you 
think this program will allow you to au- 
tomatically create the classy text effects 
you see coming out of the Macintosh 
structured drawing programs, you'll be 



sorely disappointed. Some of the same 
effects can be achieved, but only after 
long and tedious manual manipulation, 

Turning graphics creations (once 
drawn) into clip art libraries is a rela- 
tively easy task with Pro Draw. Consid- 
ering how long it takes to create art 
from scratch. Gold Disk could have im- 
proved the utility of Pro Draw by in- 
cluding a couple of disks of usable clip 
art along with it. Unfortunately, the 
Gold Disk logo, and the Hands (shown 
above) are the only art clips included (a 
separate clip art disk is advertised for an 
additional $59.95). 

At S200 Pro Draw doesn't give you 
enough for your money to either earn 
the name Professional, or justify being 
marketed as a stand-alone program in 
Gold Disk's generally excellent lineup. 
In my opinion. Gold Disk would have 
done much better to either integrate Pro 
Draw's few new features directly into 
an update of Pro Page, or go (he whole 
nine yards and create a full-featured 
stand-alone FreeHand or Illustrator cal- 
ibre product that professional desktop 
publishers could use. and that the 
Amiga community in general could be 
proud of. 

As it now stands. Pro Draw is a big 
letdown to Amiga users, and should be 
a major embarrassment to Gold Disk. 

- Benn Dunningion 

* Syndesis has a new Pro Draw support 
module available for Interchange and 
Inrerfont. which makes a vast library of 
objects and fonts accessible to Pro 
Draw users. 



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Doodle, one of our favorite C 64 paint 
programs, from Crystal Rose. 



8-BIT PAINT 
PROGRAMS 

C64 

1 he outlook is not particularly bright 
for C64 paint programs. Rainbird's Ad- 
vanced OCP Art Studio, arguably the 
best of the C64 multicolor paint pro- 
grams, is no longer on the market. Artist 
64, an impressive British paint program, 
is "under consideration" by a major U.S. 
software publisher, and has been for 
quite some time. They are not sure they 
want to invest in another C64 creativity 
title "at this stage in its history". Koala 
Painter, Micro Illustrator, Picasso's Re- 
venge, Sorcerer's Apprentice, and all of 
the rest are long gone. Scorpion is the 
only company to address this gap in the 
C64 software market. They have just 
released Masterpiece, a full-featured 
multicolor paint program that looks hot. 
It features powerful effects like 3D 
brush manipulation and texture map- 
ping in a WIMP (Windows, Icons. 
Mouse. Pointer) environment. We just 
received a copy at pressiime. and will fill 
you in on the details in the next issue. 

The situation in the hi-res market is 
little belter. If you want to get into the 
GEOS operating system. GeoPaint is an 
excellent drawing program, with a 
page-size virtual screen. But in C64 na- 
tive mode, ironically, two of the earliest 
entrants in the C64 market are still the 
best: Flexidraw 5.0 and Doodle. 

Doodle is unchanged from 1983. but 
it's still a kick. It's been three years 
since I last used it, and when I booted it 
up I was amazed at how fast it is. You 
draw with a trackball; you can use a 
joystick, but then you're limited to only 




eight directions of motion. There's a full 
set of hi-res drawing tools, including 
freehand draw, box, ellipse, and text. 
You can pick up and stamp sprite-sized 
objects, and draw in nine speeds with 
nine brush sizes. There's a whole kit of 
special effects, too. including some I 
wish DPaint 3.0 had on the Amiga! You 
can mirror, invert colors, clear, or erase- 
to-edge anything within a sizable box 
gadget, up to the full size of the screen. 
My favorite effect is the "op art" mode, 
which performs an automatic erase-to- 
edge and invert in a cyclic mode; it cre- 
ates some truly dazzling special effects. 
The sizable box and ellipse are ex- 
tremely well-done, with a sliding 
crosshairs pointer that is intuitive, 
quick, and unique to Doodle. You can 
color your pictures in the C64's blocky 
8x8 color grid, and again the tool is 
great, showing background and fore- 
ground colors in a "target" display. The 
pop-up help screens are all the docu- 
mentation you really need with this pro- 
gram, but there's a clever tutorial manu- 
al, too. This is still my personal favorite 
of all the C64 hi-res drawing programs, 
and I'm glad that it's still available. 

Flexidraw is at version 5.0 and hold- 
ing. This lightpen-based hi-res drawing 
program has sophisticated features like 
rubberband lines, pattern fills, and ex- 
cellent custom font support. Drawing 
with a lightpen takes some getting used 
to, but this latest version also supports 
the 1351 mouse, which is much less fa- 
tiguing. We created many of the graph- 
ics for INFO back in the "good old 
days" with Flexidraw because of its fine 



control and excellent effects. It is also 
capable of working on graphics twice as 
large as the C64 screen. This was and is 
an excellent program. 

C128 

rr\ 

1 hough CI 28 software is scarce. Free 
Spirit Software is dedicated to filling 
the gap as well as a single company can. 
In the case of C128 80-coIumn paint 
programs, the market is all theirs. 

Sketchpad 128 is Free Spirit's 80- 
column monochrome paint program. 
Written in BASIC 8.0. this package re- 
quires Commodore's 1351 mouse. If 
you've got 64K of video RAM or a 
1581 drive, it'll take advantage of those, 
too. The list of drawing features is im- 
pressive, with all the basic art tools plus 
shaded fills, airbrush, grid, and much 
more. Our favorites are the 3D solids 
(donuts, spools, spheres, etc.). There's 
excellent font support, nice clip art 
functions, and lots more. The whole 
works is menu-driven and fun to use. 
Speed is sometimes a factor, but there's 
a lot going on here, and the results are 
well worth it. 

If you want color, you'll need to 
equip your CI 28 with expanded video 
RAM (the C128D comes with it; own- 
ers of flat CI 28s will have to add it 
themselves). Spectrum 128 squeezes a 
lot out of thai extra memory, starting 
where Sketchpad 128 leaves off and 
adding full 16-color support. Through 
dithering techniques, a palette of 128 
colors is available to you. 

- Mark R. Brown 



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and on public domain disk collections. 
You don't have to belong to these online 
services to obtain these programs. But if 
you're interested, you can get information 
about signing up for these network ser- 
vices by calling: 

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703-883-0788 

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OMEGA-Q 

Over the years, you may have downloaded several versions 
of arc. lynx, library, and archive utilities. You can put those all 
away after you download Omega-Q. Omega-Q boasts the abil- 
ity to dissolve all the above types of archived files, as well as 
sda and SID files. It can also perform a variety of system utili- 
ties such as formatting, renaming, and scratching files, and it 
includes a sequential text file reader and printer. It's even 1581 
compatible. 

[ess/ software library/ new: downloader's starter kit, from: 
QLink, by: Robert Stoerrle] 

SOLO 

Solo is a unique card game that runs under GEOS. The 
game is poker solitaire and the idea is to deal yourself 25 cards 
and lay them out on the table in a five by five grid. When 
complete you actually have 10 hands (5 across and 5 down). 
The goal of the game is to make the best total score. This is a 
nicely done game with a great GEOS point and click interface. 

[ess/ geos arena/ geos software library/ user applications/ 
part 1 , from: Smart Axe, by: Ken D. Turner] 

LOGO 128 V4.0 

Here's a chance for you and your kids to explore the LOGO 
language. LOGO has always been a big hit with kids because 
they can control the computer's graphics turtle with just a few 
simple commands. You can actually "teach" this version of 
LOGO up to 10 different routines which can be called up at 
will. For example, you can teach the turtle a routine to draw a 
circle and then call up the routine to paint a screen full of cir- 
cles. While LOGO 128 is not full-featured, it does have more 
than 50 commands. 

[ess/ software library/ c-128 library/ c-128 graphics/ 40 col- 
umn/ 40 column tools, from: Jim Derry, by: Jim Derry] 

TIME CRYSTAL.SDA 

Once in a while a graphic animation comes along which is 
just super. I consider Time Crystal an unfinished masterpiece. 
This great demo by Jim Sachs uses all the memory in the en- 
tire computer except for two bytes! Here's the story: you have 
entered a time machine and are now traveling backward to the 
dinasaur period. Try landing the spacecraft and watch the ac- 
tion around you. You must see this program to believe it. 

[ess/ software library/ all time top downloads/ graphics, 
from: Fleximan, by: Jim Sachs] 

- Saul Cohen 



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8 BIT PEOPLELINK 

ARTWORK 

The Commodore 64 is capable of some of the finest graph- 
ics that you will ever see. Three of the most recent uploads are 
JJLAST SPELL (file #9299), GGMEMORY (#9468), and GG- 
GERMAN CASTLE (9419). They are best viewed using ei- 
ther CSLIDE 1.9 (file #5350) on the 64, or CSLTDE128.SDA 
(file #8044) on the 128 in 40 columns. Once you see what 
your machine is capable of doing, you might even want to try 
creating your own. 

SIDTITLE 6.2.SDA 

SIDTITLE 6.2.SDA (file #9621, section 6) by "Weird" Al 
Walker is one of the best additions a SID composer can make 
to his software library. It will permit you to change the au- 
thor's screen on any SID program by adding graphics and col- 
ors. Most important is that it allows a fifth line of graphics or 
information that the SID editor will not permit. 

DIC.IPLAYER2.SDA 

If you've ever heard music on your 64/128. you know that 
the Commodore SID chip can perform miracles. But did you 
know that your machine can talk to you? Once you've down- 
loaded DIGIPLAYER2.SDA (file #9578 in section 14), you'll 
be ready to hear voices and sounds that you never thought 
your computer was capable of playing. Marc Dickenson has 
written an incredible program that will convert Amiga and Ap- 
ple sound files to the C64 for playback. If, for example, you 
load in GMV.RAW (file #9608), which is short for "Good 
Morning, Vietnam", you would assume that Robin Williams is 
in the same room with you. While in section 14, you might 
download- voices of Clint Eastwood, Peewee Herman, 
Humphrey Bogart, and Bill Murray. 

MORE SIDSTUFF 

UtahBlaine has uploaded several SID songs in the past few 
weeks. One of his best is called WHY WE SMILE (look for it 
in section 6). If honkytonk piano is one of your favorite 
sounds, then download this file immediately! If you're into 
classical, easy listening, or country music, then take a look 
through the SID library. There are sure to be many choices for 
anyone's taste in music. PLink's SID library has over 1600 
files for your downloading pleasure. Since many stereo SIDs 
are being uploaded, 1 suggest you download STRPLAY- 
ER10.SDA (file #8953 in section 6) to listen to your SIDs. It 
works just fine with regular or stereo songs, as well as with the 
enhanced SID files. 

- Robert Umfer [CBM*BOB] 




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PAINT UTILITIES 

To gel a serious Amiga painl program you're going to have 
to whip out your wallet. However, the PD world is graced with 
a bunch of handy and imaginative IFF toots for post- or pre- 
processing, converting, manipulating, and viewing your pic- 
lure files. Here are some of the best: 

HAMGIF.ARC [#14,592] 

GIF is the Graphics Interchange Format developed by 
CompuServe so owners of many different brands and models 
of computers can view each others' artwork. HAMGIF, the lat- 
est Amiga version, even works with 256 color IBM VGA GIF 
pictures, like the digitized painting on the left. 

There are also many other public domain Amiga utilities 
which enable you to view and convert C64 Koala. Doodle, 
and GEOS, Atari ST Degas and Neochrome. Apple ][, and 
MacPaint files. One great example is Scott Evernden's 
MacView, shown here with some Mac clip art fish. Unfortu- 
nately there is not yet one single Amiga program, either PD or 
commercial, which will handle all of these formats. (Add it to 
INFO's "Things We'd Like to See" list! -Ed.) 

IMAGETOOLS.ZOO [#16,466] 

This archive contains seven handy little programs which give 
you numerous ways to manipulate and massage your non-HAM 
pictures. These utilities will analyze a picture's palette, convert 
icons to IFF pictures (and vice versa), "filter" a picture in vari- 
ous ways, compare the color palettes of two pictures, and even 
intelligently recolorone picture using the palette of another. 

SUPERVIEW21.ARC [#16,036] 

Loading one picture after another into a paint program just 
to view them is a time-consuming pain. Also, most paint pro- 
grams don't handle all formats. You need a free-standing IFF 
picture viewer, and the best is SuperView. SuperView can han- 
dle virtually any IFF picture you can throw at it. Use it with 
the mouse as a "slide projector remote control" to step through 
an entire disk's worth of pictures. Lots of other options and 
commands. 2.1 is the latest and best version of a great program. 

ULTRAPAINT.ARC [#15,327] 

If you haven't yet purchased an Amiga paint program, here's 
a demo (no save) of a shareware program that's worth a look- 
see. UltraPaint is loaded with interesting features and even has 
a "ray drawing" mode not found in many commercial pack- 
ages. While it's no Deluxe Paint III. UltraPaint is fun to play 
and experiment with, and certainly won't make much of a dent 
in your credit card. 

For inspiration to budding Amiga artists, or just to collect 
and enjoy, the AmigaZone's library is chock full of IFF cre- 
ations by some of the best computer artists working today. 
Scan through our "Section 5" which currently has over 400 
files, including some INFO cover artwork. 

- Harv Laser [CBM*HARV] 



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At INFO, we believe in the Freedom of the Press. We also believe in 
the responsibilities of the press. Therefore, the views expressed in this 
interview are the unexpurgated opinions of the interviewee, and do not 
necessarily reflect those of INFO Publications, 

Loren Lovhaug 



oren Lovhaug has been described — along 
A with Lou Wallace of RUN magazine, and 



the 



Fred Bo wen of Commodore — as one of 
"Three Musketeers of Commodore 8-bit 



Computing". If this gives you the idea that Lovhaug is 
an ardent supporter of the C64 and C128, you're right. 
Lovhaug, a 23-year-old ex-law student, is not only the 
voice of CI 28 support on QLink, but is the 
editor/publisher of Twin Cities 128, the only magazine 
devoted entirely to the CI 28. 



INFO: We've heard that Commodore 
is discontinuing the C64 and the CI 28 
so that they can concentrate completely 
on the Amiga. Is this true? 
LOVHAUG: Let's be very careful 
about this. The C64 and the C128 have 
not been officially discontinued. I've 
been told that Commodore is develop- 
ing a marketing plan for the phase-out 
of the 8-bit products, and that the 128 
is not in the current "build plan". This 
means they have no current plans to 
make any more, and, based on conver- 
sations with the people who make the 
decisions, I think that if the current 
stock of 128s meets their projected 
demands, it's very likely that that no 
more will ever be made. 

INFO: So you think that Commodore 
will be pushing hard for 8-bit owners 
to upgrade to the Amiga? 
LOVHAUG: Commodore acknowl- 
edges that 64 and 128 owners are 
important to the future of the Amiga 
and have to be treated delicately on the 
issue of phasing out the 8-bit equip- 
ment. It's no big secret that the Amiga 



has not been drawing a lot of users 
from other bases, whether new users, 
the IBM and Apple markets, or what- 
ever. Only about a million have been 
sold in three and a half years. The pro- 
jections look good, but it's crucial to 
Commodore to draw as many of the 
64/128 users into the Amiga fold as 
possible. If the Amiga does not catch 
the imagination of upgraders, it's going 
to have a rocky time, especially in a 
market where other vendors are catch- 
ing up to it technologically, and the 
price is so low on readily available PC 
clones. Commodore is aware that if 
64/128 users are not treated well, Com- 
modore's actions may sell a lot of PC 
clones, even though 64/128 users seem 
impressed with the Amiga. 

INFO: But Commodore has never 
seemed to know how to market the 
Amiga. 

LOVHAUG: Yeah, that's part of the 
weirdness of all this. Commodore as a 
corporation seems to have a hard time 
understanding what they have and 
what things about their machines 



an Interview 
by Mindy Skelton 



appeal to people. If there was ever a 
paradigm for being successful in spite 
of yourself, it's Commodore. 

INFO: Do you think Commodore has 
any real understanding of why people 
buy Commodore products? 
LOVHAUG: I know Commodore 
pays a lot of PR and marketing people 
to research why people buy their prod- 
ucts, but the ones they ought to be ask- 
ing, and the ones who get the least 
input, are the people who are buying 
these machines in the first place. 1 
think that a lot of the needs and desires 
of Commodore owners go ignored. 
Maybe it's a "bottom-line mentality". 
Maybe Commodore has beliefs about 
its customers that just aren't true. I 
know from talking to some people at 
Commodore, especially in marketing, 
that there's a sense that 8-bit Com- 
modore owners were just buying toys, 
and that the users are really not very 
smart. My experience suggests that the 
people who buy these machines know 
what they're doing, know why they're 
buying them, and are darn bright. 

INFO: Does that view of their cus- 
tomers have something to do with 
Commodore's historically poor user 
support? 

LOVHAUG: Commodore's feeling 
about support is a little different from 
most users' definition of the term. They 
say, "We market hardware, and periph- 
erals to support that hardware. We're a 
hardware company. We build stuff for 
you guys to play with. What else do 
you want from us?" The users say, 
"Things took too long to come out, or 
didn't arrive at all, or didn't work right, 
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** Commodore 

owners need a 

little good will to 

become Amiga 

owners. " 



after we bought our machines". And 
Commodore says in reply, "We've done 
our job. We've delivered a well- 
designed, well thought-out. competi- 
tively priced product". The machines 
are a start, but when it comes to sup- 
port, the 8-bit owners want more. At the 
very least, they want the feeling that 
they aren't going to be rushed into hav- 
ing to buy another computer. 

INFO: What do you mean? 
LOVHAUG: What turns off 64/128 
owners is somebody saying to them 
they have to upgrade now because a 
marketing decision is eliminating their 
computer. Users want to make their own 
decisions and they want to be con- 
vinced, not coerced. This feeling of 
being pushed is not entirely Com- 
modore's fault, but even third-party 
developers take their cues from West 
Chester. When they're told that a prod- 
uct is being de-emphasized, common 
business sense dictates that they focus 
their efforts in a more productive direc- 
tion, like MS/DOS, We now have 
games being created on MS/DOS 
machines first and ported to the Amiga 
instead of vice versa. It's Commodore's 
attitude thai leads developers and users 
to feel uncomfortable about the future 
of the Amiga. 

INFO: Are you saying that how Com- 
modore handles the phase-out of its 8- 
bit machines could have an impact on 
the future of the Amiga? 



LOVHAUG: Given Commodore's 
track record of very quickly washing its 
hands of a machine after production 
stops, if I were an Amiga 500 owner I 
would be ^worried. Unlike the 2000 
which can be expanded and changed, 
the 500 is a closed box that's expensive 
and difficult to expand. In a couple of 
years, we could very easily see the 500 
being de-emphasized because it doesn't 
mesh with the new machines being pro- 
duced. I see 128 owners (whose most 
likely upgrade is the 500) being wary 
and wondering what will happen when 
the "closed box Amiga" loses favor just 
like the "closed box 128". I think they'll 
make Amiga buying decisions based on 
how Commodore handles the phasing 
outoftheC64andC128. 

INFO: Don't you think that Com- 
modore's 8-bit computers are outdated? 

LOVHAUG: Yes and no. 8-bit comput- 
ers are outdated as far as being a new, 
gee-whiz kind of product. I think it 
would be a mistake to suggest that 
Commodore could successfully come 
out with, for example, a new, souped-up 
128. Given the comparative price of 
faster processors, the cheap 8-bit game 
machines, and inexpensive MS/DOS 
clones, such a machine would probably 
lose money. But that doesn't mean that 
end users shouldn't pursue and enjoy 8- 
bit machines. Most people don't have 
the need for a lot of computing power. 
They like a lot of power, but an 8-bit 
machine is all the computing power 
most people need. 1 fully believe that 
the "wonder boxes" to come will give 
us the option of putting, in effect, a 
mainframe on our desks, but I don't 
know whether we need that kind of 
power. I don't think the full power of 
the 8-bit has been anywhere close to 
fully exploited yet, and a computer is 
never obsolete as long as you have 
something to do with it. 

INFO: But times marches on, and 
things change. Isn't that inevitable? 

LOVHAUG: Nobody wants to own an 
orphan, even though there are orphans. 



and... orphans. There are machines like 
the PET which enjoyed a fair amount of 
support for several years after their 
demise, and there are machines like the 
Mattel Aquarius, where people were 
saying "The what?" the day after they 
stopped production. There has never 
been an orphan like the 64 would be, 
with 10-million-plus owners out there. 
Think what happened with the Timex 
Sinclair and the TI-99. The publications 
supporting them disappeared almost 
overnight when the machines went out 
of production, even though there were 
still over a million users of each. The 
magazines folded because they were 
funded mostly by advertising and the 
advertisers disappeared in droves. Look 
at what's happening now. I picked up a 
Compute's Gazette and got a paper cut. 
it was so thin. Twin Cities 128 will stay- 
in business even if Commodore decides 
to stop 128 production, because we are 
supported by our subscribers, not our 
advertisers. 

INFO: Are C64 and CI 28 owners in 
jeopardy of becoming "orphans" soon? 

LOVHAUG: I really do believe that 
the support mechanism for the 64/128 is 
at the crossroads. If Commodore 
doesn't take an active role in propping 
up that mechanism, or at least support- 
ing the people who are willing to pro- 
vide an external support mechanism, 
there won't be any. 

I think Commodore could go a long 
way to making this transition easier by 
"bowing out gracefully" and creating a 
support mechanism rather than a sup- 
port vacuum. This would encourage 
people to stay with Commodore and 
make the switch in their own time. 

INFO: So what's the answer? 

LOVHAUG: After considerable 
thought, based on the premises that 
Commodore should not leave a vacuum, 
that support needs to be provided, and 
that someone has to be willing to pro- 
vide this service, I came up with myself 
as the answer. 



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INFO: What makes you think you're 
qualified? 

LOVHAUG: Several reasons. One, 
we've already been providing support 
for three years, at least in part by pub- 
lishing the Twin Cities 128. We've also 
been in the forefront of most of the 
important 8-bit developments that have 
occurred during the last three years. We 
were among the first people to popular- 
ize 8-bit desktop publishing, and were 
actually using GEOS to help publish our 
magazine before GeoPuhlish. We were 
first to publish information about the 
CI 28 and 1571 upgrade ROMs, and we 
were calling Commodore twice a week 
to make sure they got out. (They were 
done literally a year before they reached 
the streets.) We were also the first to 
popularize and give information about 
the expanded video RAM on the 128. 
At the World of Commodore Show in 
Philadelphia we were showing a 
640x600 pixel display on a CI 28 
screen. 

We have paid our dues. We work with 
people who have been working to make 
these machines better. I've been running 
the 128 support area on QLINK for a 
year and a half, and the 128 support 
area on GEnie for a year before that. 
I've been accessible to the users. I 
answer my EMail. and I get a lot of 
EMail. 

I don't know of anybody in this 
industry who's working harder to sup- 
port the 128. So here I am. I've been 
doing it, I enjoy doing it and 1 want to 
do it. 

I have some ideas (which I'm not 
going to mention here) that can change 
customer support from a cost center to a 
profit center. I have support from sev- 
eral major 8-bit vendors including Bri- 
wall and Free Spirit, I'm not naive 
enough to think I can do this as one lone 
individual. We have a very good rela- 
tionship with the people in West Chester 
who still work on the 8-bit lines, as well 
as developers who are still interested in 
the 8-bit Commodore market. 



INFO: Practically speaking, what does 
the future look like to you? 

LOVHAUG: I see two scenarios. One, 
Commodore will call COMB or Pro- 
tecto and blow the remaining 8-bit stock 
out the door, sell them to a bunch of 
first-time users who will then find zero 
support (like the Plus Four users found) 
and get mad and never look at a Com- 
modore product again. Or, Two, Com- 
modore works with someone (me, I 
hope) to create realistic after-market 
support; product marketing, information 
distribution, product development, and 
the option to pick up 8-bit titles for dis- 
tribution as third party companies drop 
them. I'd also like Commodore to sell 
or license the rights to peripherals so 
people can still get the hardware Com- 
modore is no longer willing to produce. 
Think what a wonderful public relations 
ploy this could be for Commodore — the 
"New Commodore": supportive and 
looking out for their users! Commodore 
owners need a little good will to 
become Amiga owners. I really don't 
think Commodore wants to be bothered, 
so I hope they turn it over to someone 
who is able and willing to provide 
what's needed. And it would free up 
their internal resources to concentrate 
completely on the Amiga. 

INFO: Have you talked to Commodore 
about your ideas? 

LOVHAUG: Yes. So far Commodore is 
not willing to make any commitments, 
but at least they are talking to me, and 
they haven't ruled me out yet. I've 
talked to Max Toy; he even returns my 
calls. They seem interested, take my 
ideas seriously, and have referred me to 
the people who are creating the man- 
agement plan for the 8-bit machines. 
They have also told me that as a corpo- 
ration they are reluctant to turn over 
exclusive rights to one individual, and 
they have informed me that they can 
consider none of my ideas to be propri- 
etary. I want to make sure people read it 
here in INFO first, so if Commodore 
comes through with any of this, they'll 



** If there was 

ever a paradigm 

for being 

successful 

in spite of 

yourself, it's 

Commodore. " 



know where the ideas came from. I 
think the odds are against me, but I 
want to try. 

INFO: Can people do anything to help 
Commodore decide to help you provide 
support? 

LOVHAUG: Yes. If you want this to 
happen, you have to let it be known. 
Write Commodore and tell them you 
want support; tell them you'd be more 
likely to buy another Commodore prod- 
uct (if you would). Tell them about me! 
Talk this up at users groups. Let people 
know they have options. 

INFO: Any final thoughts? 

LOVHAUG: I like Commodore's 8-bit 

machines. I hope to keep using the CI 28 
for a long time, but I'm not afraid of the 
Amiga either. You don't have to be a 
"hex head". I make these boxes work for 
me. I would like to believe that anyone 
can use any computer as a tool to 
enhance his or her own creativity. These 
boxes are tools; the important thing is the 
person who presses the buttons. 

[Note: For more information on Twin 
Cities 128, or its illustrious founder, 
write to Twin Cities 128. P.O. Box 
1 1587. Minneapolis MN 55411, or con- 
tact LOVHAUG on QLINK or Spar- 
row.J on GEnie. A 6 issue subscription 
to Twin Cities 128 is SI 2.50 and a 12 
issue subscription is S25.00] 



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INFO May/Jun 1989 



43 



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By David W. Martin 




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Lake Forest Logic's Disk Mechanic is 
a collection of disk utilities for Work- 
bench and CL1 users which includes the 
following: disk tune up, hard disk back- 
up, disk repair, disk editor, and a variety 
of CLl programs. 

TUNE ME UP! 

Tune Up rearranges data on your 
diskette to improve disk speed, 
and should not be confused 
with cache programs like BlitzDisk 
which create extra memory buffers. The 
rearranged files and directories are not 
fragmented, which keeps DOS from 
spending all its time seeking pieces of a 
file or directory all over the disk sur- 
face. The increased speed created by 
Tune Up is semi -permanent, depending 
on how often you add and delete files 
from the tuned-up disk. 

HARD DISK BACKUP 

Double Back is a fully interactive hard 
disk backup program, though some op- 
tions must be set up by the user. Double 
Back copies your hard drive data to 
multiple destination drives — up to four 
floppies and one non-standard device 
(i.e. tape backup, etc.). The backup pro- 
cess is for the most part automatic. You 
need only have the correct number of 
diskettes (formatted or unformatted) to 
hold the contents of your hard disk. 

Double Back lets you use AmigaDOS 
wild cards to help select a file or group 
of files, or you can backup files by date. 
You can even request a selective backup 
which tests a file's "protection bits", and 
then skips files that have not been modi- 
fied since a previous backup. 

FILE FIXER 

The Repair recovers deleted files, sal- 
vages files that are damaged, and re- 
pairs corrupted disks and files. The pro- 
gram works rather well, but will never 
rival the undelete utilities for the C64. 
This, I'm told, is because of what hap- 



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pens when AmigaDOS deletes a file. It 
seems that there is a 50-50 chance that 
AmigaDOS will overwrite the deleted 
file's header with bit map information 
after a file is deleted. Such a file can 
sometimes be salvaged to another disk, 
and disks using the Fast File System 
may yield a higher success rate. 

During the repair process, the pro- 
gram will scan a diskette for files that 
can be recovered, if you have not al- 
ready specified a file or files (wildcard 
support is available) to repair. Files can 
be restored to their original directory or 
in some cases to another disk. 

WORK PLACE 

The Workshop program is great for 
exploring your Amiga diskettes on a 
sector level. However, I'd really like to 
see a better Amiga sector editor - per- 
haps something as good as one of my 



favorites on the C64. with sector disas- 
sembly, MFM editing, a bootblock save 
feature, scanner, etc. 

CLI STUFF 

The Disk Mechanic disk utilities al- 
low fast disk formatting, file search 
ability, file merge and split, and a means 
of measuring system performance. 

CONCLUSIONS 

The Disk Mechanic is a great addi- 
tion to your software library if you own 
a hard disk or are interested in getting 
more out of AmigaDOS. The software 
now supports the Fast File System 
throughout and is constantly being up- 
dated. A recent bug fix fixed the prob- 
lem with VI. 3 ROMs which did not al- 
low access to DF0: (V2.4 or higher of 
Disk Mechanic fixed this problem). Its 
features, support and free upgrades 
make Disk Mechanic a good buy. it 



44 



INTO May/Jun 1989 



©©STUFF 



By Don Romero 




Geos 128 V2.0 



If you remember my praise for ver- 
sion 2.0 of GEOS64, this review 
will probably strike you as deja 
vu. But after all. 6EOS128 2.0 is a 
port of the former. The only significant 
difference is that it autoboots (in both 
40 and 80 column modes). All the great 
new 2.0 DeskTop features are there: 
multifile selection; three logical stor- 
age devices (any two active simultane- 
ously); support for RAM 1571 (or an 
extra 165K of RAMdisk with the 1750 
REU - if you can find one!); an on- 
screen clock/calendar; and increased 
color support. 

GEOS 128 v2.0 comes on three 1541 
format flippy disks. Disk One includes 
the System (Boot) disk on the front and 
several programs advertising GEOS ap- 
plications on the back. The bootable 
Backup System disk (side A) and sever- 
al GEOS applications (side B) - Ge- 
oWritel28 v2.1, GeoPaint, Photo Man- 
ager, Calculator. NotePad - and six 
standard fonts fill disk Two. 

Write Utilities (Text Manager, Text 
Grabber, GeoMerge, GeoLaser), four 
laser printer fonts, and numerous dou- 
blestrike, quadstrike and two reduced- 
size printer drivers fill the front of Disk 
Three: and last, but not least, there's 
GeoSpell and its dictionary. 

APPLICATIONS 

GeoWhte 128 v2.1 (a.k.a Writer's 
Workshop 128) offers a ton of advan- 
tages over vl.4: search and replace, 
headers, footers, more keyboard short- 
cuts and the ability to read GeoPublish 
files, full and right justification, variable 
line spacing, variable margins, para- 
graph indents and tabs by paragraph, su- 
perscripts, subscripts, and more. If you 
don't already have Writer's Workshop, 
this enhancement alone will be worth 
the upgrade. 

GeoPaint remains functionally the 
same, but quicker, and with two nice 
new features: constraint, which makes 



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using some draw features easier, and a 
rescaling function borrowed from 
GeoPublish - very useful for handling 
the differences in aspect ratio (pixel 
"height" vs. 'width') between screen (es- 
pecially 80 column) and printer. 

The other biggie is an 80 column 
GeoSpell 128 which runs noticeably 
faster than the 64 version. Thank you, 
fast mode, for, like its predecessor, it 
only gives the word count after check- 
ing the spelling. 

THE DORK SIDE 

Having experienced GEOS64 version 
2.0 already has probably jaundiced my 
sense of value. Compared to the original 
GEOS128, version 2.0 is a real eye- 
opener. But relative to GEOS64 version 
2.0, most of the performance enhance- 
ment seems to spring from the 1 28 itself 
- its faster CPU, drives and its 80 col- 
umn screen. The 'BSW 128' system 



font eases the eyestrain, but a real 80 
column monitor is a must-have. The 
Gemini (and presumably other) dual 
density printer driver makes two passes 
rather than utilizing the printer's under- 
used 240 dpi horizontal resolution, 
slowing the printing process. 

CONCLUSIONS 

Every GEOS 128 user owes him- or 
herself version 2.0, even if they already 
have Writer's Workshop. GeoSpell 128 
is also worth the upgrade cost. I'd urge 
the less-than-GEOS-faithful to give 
v2.0 a look, too. 

Novice GEOS users ask how to put 
more zip into GEOS. My usual response 
is get v2.0, get a 1351 mouse, and get a 
RAM expander or/and a 1581 disk 
drive. Now there's GEOSI28 2.0, and 
"get a 128" belongs on the list. 

But after all that (1 thinks to myself) 
why not just get an Amiga? -k 



INFO May/Jun 1989 



45 



IVlagazine Index 

INFO's Guide to the Best From the Rest 



Amazing 



A long, in-depth look at three flight/battle 
simulators in the March issue will be of in- 
terest to the goggles and scarf set. Of partic- 
ular note is the section on Air Warrior, 
which is an interactive simulator on GEnie. 
(Note that it's only available for Amiga. 
Mac. and ST.) If you have any interest in 
fractals and the Mandelbrot sel. be sure to 
check out Paul Castonguay's article on 
generating them in AmigaBASIC. The arti- 
cle provides a good background on the prin- 
ciples involved, and program listings are 
given in AmigaBASIC. True BASIC, and C 
for comparison. And their long-awaited 
Product Guide is now available - it made its 
debut at AmiEXPO in New York. 

AMIGA+ 

Mark brought back a copy of the first issue 
(covcrdated May) of Antic's entry into the 
Amiga magazine market from the New York 
AmiExpo. There's an interesting article from 
Joel Tessler. who did the graphics for the last 
Supcrbowl on an Amiga. A cover piece by 
Steve Segal on creating his latest animation. 
Happy Guy, is also a worthwhile read. An 
optional disk with the animation, some 
games, and art is available for S 10.95. 

THE AMIGA 



Sentry's March issue takes a look at 
Pagestream, Professional Draw, and Super- 
plan, among other new software. They've 
added color to some of the inside pages, and 
the paper is now slick throughout. 

AMIGA TRANSACTOR 

In the January issue, there is an excellent re- 
ply to all the doomsaying about how the 
Amiga is falling behind technologically. 
Larry Phillips admits that while certain as- 
pects of the Amiga have been picked up on 
and developed for other computers, as far as 
capability and price/performance go. there 
just isn't any equal to Amiga. Tim 
Grantham, in the first (February) installment 
of his new Hard Copy column of book and 
manual reviews, has clearly set forth what 
should be the hallmarks of computer writ- 



ing: Clarity, Precision, and Readability. 
There has been so much incomprehensibly 
bad writing in the industry that anyone con- 
templating writing a manual should be 
forced at gunpoint to read this column. In 
view of the fact that software is increasing in 
complexity, good documentation should be 
the standard, not the rare exception. This 
piece, coming on top of Jeff Angus' plea in 
his Infoworld column, holds out a little hope 
that things may get better. The February 
TransAmi also has a very interesting piece 
on 3D fractals and how to create them. The 
rendered illustrations arc killer. 




In the March issue. Lou Wallace lakes a 
knowledgeable look at hard drives, which 
ties in with Ihe hardware buyer's guide in 
the same issue. It's only a list, sans useful 
commentary, but it will serve well as a 
jumping-off place if you're in the market for 
any hardware. In the April issue. Bob Ellcr 
takes a look at business presentations. He of- 
fers some good ideas, but the best part of the 
piece is the sample page of a dummy 
newsletter from "North Security - A Division 
of Oliver North Global Protection Services". 
It's hilariously on target. In the same issue. 
Sheldon Leemon explains the mysteries of 
icon manipulation using the INFO command 
on the Workbench. 

AMIGO TIMES 

This slick publication (up to its fourth issue 
now) features lots of color on heavy stock, 
and some nice graphics. It comes with a disk 
and a cover price of 58.95. The disk for is- 
sue 1.4 has one of the niftiest PD screen 
hacks we've seen in quite a while. Vac 
changes your pointer into a little vacuum 
cleaner and lets you suck up all the pixels on 
your workbench screen. There are a bunch 
of game reviews in the same issue, along 
with a pretty good piece on creating an ani- 
mated opening for a video presentation. (PO 
Box 1158. Chatnplain. NY 12919] 



BYTE 



In the March issue Jerry Poumelle allows as 
how the Amiga 2000 is the Most Improved 
Computer of 1988, what with its new chip 
set and 68020 CPU. Someone must have led 



him astray, but at least his intentions are 
aimed in the right direction. Keep trying, 
Jerry, you are doing better. 



Commodore 

MAC A Z I N E 



The March issue features a look at Amiga 
MIDI sequencers, along with a very enter- 
taining report by Russ Ceccola on last 
November's World of Commodore Show. 
The April issue contains a long feature on 
Intracorp's new eame. Search for the Titanic. 

COMPUTE! 

Orson Scott Card's Gameplay column in the 
March issue talks about Programming For 
Its Own Sake and the way some games, usu- 
ally mediocre, have of evolving from one 
nifty programming trick. It's a good, and en- 
lightening, read. Gregg Keizer's editorial in 
the same issue is a satirical look at celebrity 
computer ads. He thinks Andre the Giant 
should be touting lBMs. William Shatner 
should be brought back to push C64s and, 
inevitably. Max Headroom should be selling 
Amigas. The feature is on getting various 
brands of computers talking to each other. 

COMPUTE!'S AMIGA 
RESOURCE 

The Summer issue (which is a lot more col- 
orful than the premiere issue) offers columns 
by the ever-funny Arlan Levitan, the devil- 
ishly clever John Foust, and the eminently 
informative Rob Peck, among others, A con- 
versation with Jay Miner is also included. 
Anything the Father of the Amiga says is al- 
ways worth reading, and the good news is 
that Miner, who has had serious heahh prob- 
lems, is recovered and is ready to get back to 
work. Also of note in the issue is a look at 
Canon's Zapshot still-video camera. It's ide- 
ally suited for Amiga video work when at- 
tached to a framegrabber. Amiga Resource, 
like Amiga+, is also offering an optional 
disk (57.95 plus S2 S & H). The disk in- 
cludes some art files (we've seen a lot bet- 
ter), along with a poker solitaire game, an 
enhanced version of the old Computel type- 
in Laser Chess, and a nifty utility called X- 
Raw which provides a window from one 
screen to another, along with the ability to 
cycle through them. 



46 



INTO May/Jun 1989 



IVlagazine index 



COMPUTED 

Having just gone through the March, April, 
and May issues of C!G, I feel like I've been 
on a trip through the Department of Redun- 
dancy Department. About the only differ- 
ence immediately apparent is that starting 
with the April issue, the magazine has a dif- 
ferent logo. The March issue has a feature 
on the designers of simulator games while in 
the April number, Keith Ferrell talks about 
science fiction games. The dearth of new Si- 
bil products is evident in the May issue, 
where therc*s not one new product men- 
tioned that isn't a game, and the feature is on 
dot-matrix printer maintenance. 



Mmm 



The February' issue features a long report on 
the Game Developers' Conference. It also 
has the INFO Quote of the Bi-Month: "Mar- 
keting is based on yesterday. It is similarity 
thinking and this is fundamentally opposed 
to creativity." Truer words were ne'er spo- 
ken. Too many of the games (as well as oth- 
er products) that pass through the INFO of- 
fices are based on marketing decisions rather 
than playing games. 



INFO 



WORLD 

Anyone out there who puts word to paper, or 
characters to screen, please read Jeff Angus' 
column in the February 13 issue of I iifowor- 
Id. He talks about the mutilation of the En- 
glish language by the computer industry. We 
particularly like the quote. "I'm not a lin- 
guistic purist, but some of these folk are do- 
ing to the language what Hitler did to Poland 
in 1939." We couldn't agree more. He then 
goes on in the Feb. 27 issue to lament the 
state of U.S. education and the number of 
Teehno-Turnips it is turning out. if you've 
been curious about the new magneto-optical 
disks and how they work, take a look at 
Steve Gibson's Tech Talk column in the Jan. 
23 issue. He gives a clear explanation of 
how the things operate. The Feb. 6 tabloid 
has a couple of items worth noting. Believe 
it or not, Geor«e Morrow's column is an in- 



sightful look at Marketing Myopia, by 
which he means figuring out exactly what 
business you're in. It's much more compli- 
cated than you might think. 

Electronic Musician 

We're more than usually impressed with EM 
this bi-month. The March issue offers a 
batch of signal processing lips that look to 
be greatly useful to musicians. Not that EM 
has given up its occasionally esoteric pieces: 
in the same issue is an exploration of East 
Indian microtonal music. The April issue has 
a well-said editorial by Craig Andcrton on 
the damage vaporware does the entire indus- 
try. It's gotten to the point where we're ant- 
icipating each issue of EM as much for the 
hilarious pun-laden headers as much as the 
articles themselves. A few choice bits: in the 
review of M , the algorithmic music compo- 
sition package from Intelligent Music (re- 
viewed on the Amiga, by the by) one sub- 
head is "Algo My Way". On the regular 
Q&A column, "My Synth Hertz". And final- 
ly, on a review of a mixer, "1 Sync, There- 
fore I Am". Groan. Also in the issue is the 
first of a two-parter on digital audio tape. 



r) 



I 



The March RUN has a listing for an 8-bit 
paint program that looks pretty good, sup- 
porting such Amiga-like features as anti- 
aliasing, blending, shading, and even an 
undo function. It's available on their disk to 
save you the aggravation of typing in about 
a ten-page listing. After that worthwhile ef- 
fort, the April issue is something of a let- 
down, featuring a piece on computing in a 
healthy way. You know - sit up straight, use 
proper lighting, and all the other things your 
mother told you to do. However. Ellen Rule 
continues her fascinating look at computer- 
innards, this time with a dissection of the 
1541 and 1571. 

SCIENCE NEWS 

It's time to start harping again on the virtues 
of being a well-informed person and reading 
Science News. The two are strongly connect- 
ed. The news items are thought-provoking 



and presented (usually) in a readily under- 
standable way. For instance, the February 4 
issue has very interesting pieces on 
quantum-well wires (incredibly tiny wires 
built up one layer of atoms at a time) which 
have a potentially revolutionary effect on 
computers, particularly since much of the 
experimentation is being done on gallium ar- 
senide allovs, [231 W. Center St., Marion. 
OH 43305J 

TRANSACTOR 

Yes, Transactor is back and it's better than 
ever. The February issue is a treasure trove 
of useful, albeit somewhat esoteric, pro- 
gramming stuff for the 8-bit machines. The 
majority of the articles deal with the CI28, 
and there are even a couple of CP/M pieces! 
GEOS programmers will want a copy of the 
issue if only for the two-page, cross- 
referenced chart of GEOS label names. 



TWIN CITIES 1211 



If you'd like more details about publisher 
Loren Lovhaug's proposal to take over the 
phase-out marketing of the 1 28 from Com- 
modore [see the interview with Loren else- 
where in this issue|. the whole thing is in is- 
sue 23. There is also a piece by Fred Bowcn 
on partitioning a RAM disk. 

Magazines on Disk 



The March disk has an item or three worth 
noting. The PD fractal landscape generator. 
Scenery, that I've been wasting hours play- 
ing with is included. Check it out for some 
extremely naturalistic results. Also included 
is the latest VirusX. version 3.10 [note: at 
prcssiimc. the latest version is 3.20). which 
will check for the nasty new IRQ virus. Pub- 
lisher Richard Ramella also announces that 
he's left M.A.S.T. (makers of disk drives) in 
order to put all his energies into Jumpdisk. 
The April disk is probably the best issue yet. 
It's packed to the bitmap with fun stuff. 
There's a sine rose generator that makes 
pretty patterns, a demo of IconLabl. and for 
those of you who saw the Nova episode on 
the newly popular science of chaos, a graph- 
ic demo program. Interesting stuff. 



UYFO May/Jun 1989 



47 



REMOVABLE MASS STORAGE 



by Mark R. Brown, Technical Editor 



So you've got an Amiga and you're thinking about getting a 
hard drive. Only problem is, you don't know how much 
storage will be enough. Most IBM/PC and Macintosh 
owners seem happy with 20 to 40 meg drives. But the 
Amiga is not just any personal computer. It generates lots of huge 
graphic, sound, music, desktop publishing, and animation files. 

Twenty megs, or even a hundred and twenty, is an artificially low 
storage limit for an Amiga system. No matter how big a hard drive 
you buy, the Law of Amiga Storage will kick in: "Data files will 
expand to overflow the storage space available." If all you're going 
to do is type words and crunch numbers, a hard drive is probably 
fine. But if you're going to get into the artistic applications of your 
computer (and that is why you bought an Amiga, isn't it?), you 
should think twice before investing in a hard drive. Why? Because 
there are mass storage devices that have speeds and capacities 
comparable to hard drives, but removable media like floppy drives. 



COST 

Removable-media mass storage sys- 
tems cost more than hard disk drives of 
the same capacity. The savings come 
over time. For example, if you pay 
$1800 for a 20 meg removable-media 
device, you are paying about three times 
what you'd pay for an Amiga hard drive 
of comparable size. But if the media 
cost is, say, $50, your second 20 megs 
will only cost $50 more instead of the 
$600 that a second 20 meg hard drive 
would cost. By the time you get to your 
third 20 megs, you've broken even. Ev- 
erything after that is practically free. 

INTERFACES 

All the systems we'll discuss here in- 
terface to the Amiga via a standard 
SCSI hard drive interface card. As with 
a hard drive, the Amiga generally can't 
talk to any of these units unless some- 
one, somewhere, has written a software 
driver for it. (Version 3.0 of C Ltd's 
SCSIdos gets around this limitation by 
including a "roll your own driver" pro- 
gram that lets you build a custom driver 
for just about any SCSI interfaced de- 
vice.) Fortunately, many of the third 
party purveyors of hard drives have 
taken on the challenge of writing 



drivers for some of the more popular re- 
movable mass storage devices. These 
drivers work only with the company's 
own SCSI interface, so make sure you 
check with the source company before 
you plan on connecting a particular de- 
vice to a particular interface. 

BIG FLOPPIES 

There are several approaches to the 
question of removable mass storage. 
Perhaps the the most obvious solution is 
to buy a bigger floppy disk drive. You 
can get a 10 megabyte floppy drive 
right now from Supra. Pacific Peripher- 
als, and C Ltd. The 10 meg systems that 
are now available use a high-density 
5.25" floppy disk. The speed of these 
disk drives is no challenge to a hard 
drive, but they'll certainly blow the 
doors off a regular floppy. The cost with 
interface is around $1000-1200, and the 
disks list for less than S40. This is the 
cheapest of the removable media, and 
these high-density floppy disks are just 
as durable and transportable as regular 
floppies. That can't be said for all of the 
other media mentioned here, and that 
makes high-density floppies a perfect 
medium for transporting large amounts 
of data back and forth between systems. 



BERNOULLI BOXES 

Floppies are more prone to wear than 
their high-speed, stiff-plattered hard 
drive cousins, and that's one of the rea- 
sons you can't store as much stuff on 
them. You can't spin them as fast, be- 
cause they wear out sooner. The 
Bernoulli Box II takes a floppy disk and 
injects a layer of air between the spin- 
ning disk and the drive heads, allowing 
them to spin at speeds approaching 
those of hard drives. The current crop of 
Bernoulli drives stores 20 megabytes on 
a $50 disk, but Iomega has recently an- 
nounced a new 44 megabyte drive with 
a media cost of $125. The cartridges are 
encased in a plastic shell, and they're 
tough. 

At INFO, we've installed 20 meg 
Bernoullis with Comspec controllers in 
four of our A2000s (at a cost of about 
$1875 each). Judi's unit is a dual 20 
meg drive we use for making backups. 
Twenty megs of storage is more than 
enough for all the work that goes into a 
single issue of INFO, and we can easily 
archive an issue by simply putting the 
working Bernoulli on the shelf and for- 
matting a new one for the next issue. 

REMOVABLE 
CARTRIDGES 

Approaching the problem of re- 
movable mass storage from the other 
side, it might make sense to you to ask 
for a hard disk drive with a removable 
storage platter, like SyQuest's 44 meg 
removable cartridge drive. It's as fast as 
a hard drive - after all. it is a hard drive. 
The only difference is that the platter is 
encased in a removable hard plastic 
shell. Though the harder media allows 
for faster data access, it is correspond- 
ingly more fragile. It's tough enough in 
daily use, and travels fine if you pack it 
well, but you don't want to drop one 
three feet onto a concrete floor! Great 
Valley Products and C Ltd both sell the 
SyQuest unit, which retails for around 
$1300. 44 meg cartridges list for about 
$180. 



48 



INFO May/Jun 1989 



REMOVABLE DRIVES 

One step further down the line is the con- 
cept of the removable hard drive. These 
units encase an entire drive mechanism in a 
removable shell that slides into a receptacle 
on the controller card. This makes a media 
change almost as expensive as purchasing 
an entirely new hard drive, and the "car- 
tridge" is almost as fragile to handle and 
ship as a hard drive unit, though the manu- 
facturers put some extra effort into heavy- 
duty shock mounting. We haven't seen one 
marketed for the Amiga yet, though IBM 
and Mac users have their choice of several. 

OPTICAL STORAGE 

WORM (Write Once. Read Many) drives 
are capable of storing 200 or 400 
megabytes of data on a single durable opti- 
cal disk (double sided disks can be flipped 
for double the storage). They are a cheap 
medium ($80-5120) for storing lots of 
archival data, but they have a couple of 
limitations that make them less than desir- 
able for everyday storage. Not the least of 
these is base system cost - a 200 meg single 
drive system from Laser Gamesmanship 
runs about S3300, and 400 meg systems 
from CSA and C Ltd are S6000. You can 
write to each position on these disks only 
once, so you don't want to use them for 
data that changes often, like inventory in- 
formation or intermediate saves of artwork 
in progress. It's best to use one in conjunc- 
tion with a regular hard drive, using the 
hard drive for volatile data and transferring 
it to the WORM when it is ready for per- 
manent archival storage. 

COMING SOON 

Until inexpensive solid-state bubble 
memory units become widely available, it 
looks like we'll be stuck with some form of 
removable mechanical recording for long- 
term data and program storage. But the 
R&D labs keep coming up with new twists 
on the current technology. 

Coming soon is the "floptical" disk, 
which is a standard high-density magnetic- 
disk with an added optical sync track. This 
track allows the read/write head to be posi- 
tioned much more accurately, so that a $20 
3.5" disk can store about 20 megabytes of 



data. C Ltd says they will make a 20 meg 
floptical drive available for the Amiga as 
soon as they come on the open market. 

There are also new read/write optical 
storage systems under development, such 
as the THOR system being developed by 
Tandy. This is a completely optical technol- 
ogy, like WORMs, but the media can be 
written to, erased, and rewritten indefi- 
nitely. It has the added advantage of being 
compatible with CD-ROM, audio CD, and 
videodisc formats, so that one drive will be 
able to read all three types of data. But it 
may be another year or more before they 
become available. 

Another interesting new technology is 
Digital Paper, developed by the British 
chemical company ICI. This laser-based 
optical film promises storage capacities ap- 
proaching a gigabyte on a 5.25" format 
disk. So far. the medium is only available 
on huge reels for megacorporate monolithic 
mainframe computer systems, but disk for- 
mats are promised soon. 

WHAT'S BEST? 

When you compare storage media, resist 
the temptation to get bogged down in 
meaningless statistics. While a drive's 
"seek time" is a valid technical specifica- 
tion, it tells you little about its actual per- 
formance in the real world. Truth is. most 
of the files an average user manipulates 
won't tax the capabilities of any of these 
systems. All of them are much faster than 
floppies, and in terms of real-world access 
times all are perceptually indistinguishable 
from using a hard drive. We would suggest 
that the quality of the drive and the SCSI 
interface, and the reputation of the compa- 
ny that provides them are much more im- 
portant considerations than any hair- 
splitting over technical specs. 

But you expected an opinion, right? 
Okay, okay, here it is: We love our Com- 
spec-interfaced Bernoulli Boxes. They're 
fast, reliable, and fun to use. Truthfully, 
though, they're the only one of these sys- 
tems we work with on a day-to-day basis. 
Some people we know and respect are set 
up with SyQuest removable cartridge 
drives and would rather fight than switch. 

As for the other systems mentioned here 
- WORMs, 10 meg floppies, removable 



THE SOF 
DRIVE 

If you already own a 
hard drive, or feel all you can 
afford is an inexpensive hard 
drive, here's how you can get 
many of the advantages of 
removable mass storage 
without the cost. All it takes is 
a little time and a few floppy 
disks. We call it the SOF 
(Stack Of Floppies) Drive. 

O Buy a hard drive backup 
program. 

© Partition your hard drive 
into two parts (or at least 
make a separate directo- 
ry at the root level that's 
reserved for all your work 
files). Put all your perma- 
nent files in one partition. 
Back this part up normal- 
ly for archival purposes. 

© Put all your work files into 
the other partition. Back 
up this work section 
when it gets full, and put 
the disks aside. Then 
erase the partition, and 
you can start all over 
again. 

O If you want to work on 
any of the previously 
saved files, back up your 
current work area to an- 
other set of floppies, then 
restore the previously 
saved set. You can re- 
peat the process as often 
as you want, effectively 
turning a fixed hard disk 
drive into an open-ended 
removable mass storage 
system. 

Obviously, this system 
trades off cost at the ex- 
pense of convenience. It 
works best if you're orga- 
nized in your approach. For 
example, you might want to 
keep one set of backups for 
all your video digitizing work, 
another for animations, and 
another for sound and music. 



INFO May/Jun 1989 



49 



REMOVABLE MASS STORAGE 

. . . continued 



hard drives, and such - these are out of 
the range of our daily experience. But to 
us, WORMs seem best suited for offices 
where they keep lots of "permanent 
records", or maybe for artists and ani- 
mators who want to store multi- 
megabytes of art. And if I were comput- 
ing on u shoestring instead of on the 
boss's money, I'd probably take a close 
look at 10 meg floppies for use on my 
Amiga setup at home. On the other 
hand, the whole concept of removable 



hard drives sounds incredibly costly and 
silly to me. I think I'd feel self- 
conscious even seriously considering 
such a drastic "solution". But I am 
looking forward to the emerging flopti- 
cal. Digital Paper, and THOR drive 
technologies, and will give them a seri- 
ous look when they finally appear on 
the market. 
SOURCES 

C Ltd, 723 E. Skinner. 

Witchita KS 6721 1. 316-267-6321 



Comspee, 74 Wingold Avenue. Toronto 
Out Canada M6B 1P5, 416-785-3553 
CSA, 7564 Trade Street, 
San Diego CA 92 1 2 1 , 6 1 9-566-39 1 1 
Great Valley Products. 225 Plank Road, 
Paoli PA 19301,215-889-9411 
Laser Gamesmanship, 958 Pullman Court 
Concord CA 945 1 8. 4 1 5-827-3655 
Pacific Peripherals. PO Box 14575 
Fremont CA 94539. 415-651-1905 
Supra, 1 1 33 Commercial Way SE. 
Albany OR 97321. 503-967-9075 



BACKUP PROGRAMS 



Removable mass storage devices are 
no less reliable than hard drives, but 
they're no more reliable, either. No mat- 
ter what type of mass storage device 
you own. you need a backup program to 
ensure against the loss of your valuable 
data. Here's a quick look at four of them 
for the Amiga. As a test, I used each to 
back up and restore the data that hap- 
pened to be in the dhO: partition of my 
own SCSI hard drive - about 4.3 
megabytes worth. Most of these pro- 
grams offer a verify mode, which I 
turned off for the fastest speed if that 
was an option, and I used two floppy 
drives when possible. 

-kirk 

EXPRESS COPY $44.95 

Express- Wav Software, 

PO Box 10290, Columbia MO 62505, 
314-474-2984 

At 10 minutes and 20 seconds, Ex- 
press Copy was the slowest backup pro- 
gram of those I tested. Where the other 
three all employ some form of data 
compression, storing the backed up data 
in a format unreadable except by the 
backup program itself. Express Copy 
stores files in standard AmigaDOS for- 
mat. This means you can stick any of 
the backup disks in a drive and access 
your files directly via WorkBench or 
CLI. But storage is much less efficient 
with this system than the others. Where 
they each took five disks to hold my 
data. Express Copy took six. and each 
disk was only somewhere between 89% 
and 99% full. The user interface is well- 



organized, intuitive, and nice to look at. 
and you can select files using any com- 
bination of date, filename, and archive 
bit. If direct file access is important to 
you (and it might be), consider Express 
Copy. Otherwise, you'll appreciate the 
speed and data compression features of 
the other programs more. 

JL, JL JL 

HARD 'N FAST N/A 
The ComputerWorks, 

6641 Scott St.. Hollywood FL 33024 

Hard 'N Fast backed up my 4.3 
megabytes of data in 8:45. My major 
aggravation with this program was its 
need to "mark" disks before it let me 
save to them. I found myself stopping 
more than once to select the "mark" op- 
tion before the program would continue 
with the backup. It uses these marks to 
track a set of three progressive backups. 
If you are the type who needs a harsh 
taskmaster to discipline you into mak- 
ing properly rotated, scheduled back- 
ups, this program may be what you 
need, but I found it annoying. Besides 
archive bit and date. Hard 'N Fas! has a 
unique selective backup option that lets 
you exclude and include files using a 
scrollable list of filenames with wild- 
cards. But I found the user interface 
generally cluttered and confusing. Like 
all of the programs tested, Hard W Fast 
allows you to restore to any Amiga de- 
vice, including floppies, a feature that 
is absolutely critical should your mass 
storage device give up the ghost perma- 
nently. 



SUPERBACK $79.95 
The Disc Company, 

3135 S. State St.. Ann Arbor MI 48108, 
313-665-5540 

This trilingual backup program (En- 
glish, French, and German) took six 
minutes and 20 seconds to back up my 
4.3 megs to floppies. It only allows you 
to use one drive for both backup and 
restoration, a limitation that 1 find short- 
sighted. It covers up by buffering a 
great deal of data to RAM and prompt- 
ing for swaps while it works from the 
buffer, but I would still prefer to use 
both drives. The user interface is pretty 
and very easy to use. If you are familiar 
with the history of Amiga backup pro- 
grams. Superback was written by MK- 
Soft,- who did LV Backup, and the files 
are cross-compatible. 

QUARTERBACK 2.0 $69.95, 
Central Coast Software. 

424 Vista Ave.. Golden, Colorado 
80401, 303-526-1030 

The fastest of the lot, Quarterback 
2.0 copied my 4.3 megs to five floppies 
in four minutes and fifty seconds. The 
user interface is smooth and intuitive. 
the process painless and reliable, and 
the speeds a good sight better than even 
second runner up. You can select files to 
include or exclude by combinations of 
date, archive bit, and names with wild- 
cards, as well as selecting them manual- 
ly. There are just enough gadgets 
around to make things easy, and not so 
many as to make them confusing. This 
is the program we use to back up our 
hard disk and Bernoulli data. 



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IFOR YOUR 



AMIGA 




You'll have to plug a joystick into each 
port, find a friend, and work out a co- 
operative strategy (not necessarily in 
that order) in order to win this game. Some- 
thing of a departure from Psygnosis' usual 
fare. Captain Fizz Mcris the Blaster-Trans re- 
quires two players to win. It still plays well 
with only one player, if you don't mind not 
getting to the end of the game. 

The screen presents you with two separate 
play windows, each of which follows one 
player. It's a novel experience to suddenly see 
your partner appear in your window. The 
graphics aren't what we're used to seeing from 
Psygnosis's games, being much smaller and 
less detailed, but that's just because enough 
space was needed for both windows. They're 
not at all bad, just different. 

I like the idea of eliminating the competition 
between the players and making them cooper- 
ate. I do think, though, that some provision 
should be made for a single-player game. The 
play is as frantic as you would expect; you're 
constantly besieged by baddies. About the only 
tiling 1 don't like is having to leave the heavily 
copy-protected disk write-enabled. Another 
winner from Psygnosis. - Tom Malcom 




CAPTAIN FIZZ 



Psyclapse/Psygnosis 

2150 Executive Drive 
Addison, IL 60101 
312-620-4444 




BAAL 



Psyclapse/Psygnosis 

2150 Executive Drive 
Addison, IL 60101 
312-620-4444 



The documentation for BAAL warns. 
"This game is tough". They're not kid- 
ding. I've played this arcade adventure 
for hours and have barely scratched the sur- 
face. BAAL has all the flash we expect from 
Psygnosis - beautifully detailed graphics, flaw- 
less animation, and a great soundtrack. Of 
course, it's insanely addictive as well. 

The plot (as if one was needed) has you as 
an archaeologist unearthing an ancient tomb 
chamber and unleashing the forces of evil onto 
the world. Your mission is to collect pieces of 
a war machine and stop the impending destruc- 
tion. (Baal, by the way. was a widely- 
worshipped ancient Sumerian deity who had 
an insatiable appetite for human sacrifice.) 

The underground chamber is of the ladders 
and platform variety, where about anything 
you touch will destroy you. It is an evil place, 
populated with all sorts of grotesque creatures, 
all delightfully animated but deadly. It will 
take you a great deal of effort to figure out 
how to defeat or avoid them. 

BAAL is a massive and supremely difficult 
game, but also one that provides an extraordi- 
nary amount of gaming pleasure. 

- Tom Malcom 



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\iVIIGA 




In a lot of ways, lliis game reminds me of 
the early Cinemaware titles - it's pretty, 
but there's not much to the gameplay. 
Dragon's Lair is. of course, an adaptation of 
the successful arcade game, which featured 
200 megabytes of laserdisc graphics. The 
Amiga version has been trimmed down lo lit 
on six floppy disks, so in the course of a game 
you'll see most scenes twice, sometimes 
flipped to add some variety. 

The timing of your joystick movements has 
been made super-critical in an attempt to ex- 
tend gameplay. Though your quest is so pre- 
programmed as to be of little challenge, it 
could take you hundreds of attempts before 
you get to even the third or fourth scene. If it 
hadn't been for the "demo mode" we published 
last month. I'd have never been able to see the 
final scenes. (Press ESC R/LN7 simultane- 
ously just after the credits finish loading: the 
screen will flash, then press the joystick but- 
ton.) 

As a demo. Dragon's Lair is pretty, but you 
need the demo mode trick to see enough of it 
to make it worth your while. As a game. Drag- 
on's Lair is both too easy and too hard. 

- Mark R. Brown 




DRAGON'S LAIR 



VDT/Readysoft 

25 Red Oak Drive 
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1B9 
Canada, 416-731-4175 





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HEROES OF THE LANCE ssi/ea 

1 820 Gateway Drive 
San Mateo, CA 94404 
415-571-7171 



Heroes of the Lance is the latest in a se- 
ries of official Advanced Dungeons 
and Dragons action adventures pro- 
duced by SSI, based on the concept of tradi- 
tional D&D rolcplaying games by TSR. You 
have been sent to recover the precious Disks of 
Mishakal hidden deep inside the ruins of Xak 
Tsaroth, which are crawling with evil Draconi- 
ans, spectral minions. Black Dragons, and oth- 
er assorted nasties. You guide eight prc-rollcd 
characters - Companions of the Lance - 
through the fantasy world of Krynn using 
menus and joystick to control real time combat 
with weapons and magic. The world of Krynn 
is portrayed with highly detailed and beautiful 
graphics. Your party moves through the ruins 
and confronts enemies in lull animation, with 
your lead Hero front and center. Sounds, on 
the other hand, are limited to generic groans 
and crashes. Joystick control for combat is 
touchy and takes some practice. HOTL does a 
great job of hiding the dice rolling and table 
referencing found in traditional D&D games, 
freeing you to concentrate on the adventure. If 
you like action oriented games as opposed to 
puzzle oriented adventuring, you'll love 
Heroes of the Lance, - Judith Kilbury-Cobb 



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FOR YOUR 



AMIGA 




If you you find terrorism and hostage- 
taking entertaining, you'll like Hostage. 
If. on Ihe other hand, you find trivializing 
such a serious subject offensive, you won't 
like the game. There doesn't seem to be much 
middle ground on this French import, pro- 
grammed by Infogrames. 

The object of the exercise is to coordinate a 
team of commandos under your leadership to 
rescue hostages from an unnamed embassy 
which has been overrun by terrorists. The 
game is divided into three main arcade se- 
quences. The first has you positioning snipers, 
the second shooting terrorist snipers and rap- 
pelling down the side of the embassy to break 
in. and in the third sequence you must rescue 
the hostages without getting them killed. 

The game is very detailed, and definitely not 
easy. The graphics are nicely drawn and the 
animation fine. Control is by joystick and 
function key, and the response is quick. 

As a game. Hostage plays well, though 1 ob- 
viously have considerable distaste for the sub- 
ject matter. Terrorism is not a game, nor do I 
feel it should be made into one. Hostage has. 
for me at least, the feel of cashing in on a cur- 
rently hot news topic. - Tom Malcom 




HOSTAGE 



Mindscope 

3444 Dundee Road 
Northbrook, IL 60062 
312-480-7667 




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ALIEN SYNDROME 



Sega/Mindscape 

3444 Dundee Road 
Northbrook, IL 60062 
312-480-7667 



It takes speed of light reflexes and an ea- 
gle eye to get very far in Alien Syndrome. 
This arcade alien-blast, like most arcade 
games, has only the flimsiest of plots. But then 
who really needs one for arcade games, any- 
way? You must rid a human space colony of 
the aliens who have invaded it and rescue 
hostages along the way. The aliens themselves 
look like grub worms, though they move much 
faster and frequently give birth to little projec- 
tiles that will do you in just as surely as the 
grubs themselves. Even worse, the grubs aren't 
even the mature creatures. Those await you 
when (and if) you can clear a level and rescue 
all the hostages. These Super Aliens are even 
more fiendish and nearly impossible to de- 
stroy. 

Fortunately, you do have a few things to 
help in your mission, like a variety of weapons 
and online maps to show you where the re- 
maining hostages are and to help you find your 
way around. 

The graphics are good, though nothing to 
write home about, and the screen scrolls 
smoothly as you move about the outcolony. 
Good action overall. 

- Tom Malcom 



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FOR YOUR 





to the northeast lay a Hide road, that ran siwoth into the distance, Lancelot 
could see Galahad, a bejewelled crown and a stone cross, Lancelot nopjed his 
broun, for the weather was hot. Then he seened to hear the clear ringing of 
church hells to the left. 

Galahad greeted Lancelot as his father, and it sere narwl to tell of his joy 
What now? g 



WILLOW 7^<7kik 

Mindscape, Inc. 

3444 Dundee Road 
Northbrook, II 60062 
312-480-7667 

W Mow is a collection of seven action adventure games 
based on the movie of the same name: guiding Willow 
Ufgood and Madmartigan through all seven scenarios is 
your objective. You can play the games in any order and can 
reset them to create new maps, scenes, and spells. The game 
features colorful graphics and nicely digitized pictures from 
the movie, but the music is really cheesy. The gameplay 
itself is relatively quick, but is slowed far too much by 
painfully long and noisy disk accesses (thanks mostly to the 
atomic copy protection): you'll spend more time waiting for 
the game to load than playing it. If you loved the movie 
you'll probably be disappointed by the game. - JKC 



LANCELOT 

Datasoft/EA 

1820 Gateway Drive 
San Mateo, CA 94404 
415-571-7171 



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anceloi is a charmingly 
on Mallory's quintessentia 



Illustrated text adventure based 
adventure Lc Morte D'Arthur. 
and is reasonably faithful to the original. The game recreates 
Lancelot's arrival at Cameloi and his subsequent search for 
the Holy Grail. The illustrations are quite beautiful and the 
text is descriptive, at times humorous, and very readable. 
The parser is flexible, but your actions as the chivalrous 
Lancelot are somewhat guided. Unless you've lived under a 
big rock, you know King Arthur's denouement, but tagging 
along with Arthur's #1 knight as he adventures through 
Merry Okie England is still a good lime. - JKC 




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DESIGNASAURUS 

Britannica Software 

345 Fourth Street 

San Francisco, CA 94107 

415-546-1887 

JLresignasaurus is a learning game (read "educational." 
parents) that lets you move, create, and print prehistoric 
giants chosen from a museum of dinosaur bones. Select a 
head, neck. body, and tail, and put them together to populate 
your primeval forest with some of the strangest looking 
creatures to walk the face of a computer display. The 
graphics are large and colorful, and the opening music 
catchy. Designasaurus will make regular, poster size, and 
T-shirt transfer printouts. I haven't met a kid yet who didn't 
go through a 'dinosaur phase' and Designasaurus is a great 
way to encourage that interest. With a little help, even 
pre-lilerate kids can have fun with this one. - JKC 



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FOR YOUR 



AMIGA 



*• 



TRUMP CASTLE 

Intracorp 

14160 SW 139th Court 
Miami, FL 33186 
305-252-9040 

VV ith sound effects rivaling a poorly oiled door hinge, 
and graphics that would make a first grader wince, I'm 
surprised this turkey hasn't drawn a law suit from Donald 
Trump for malicious inischief. If these programmers ever 
discover pull-down menus, they'll be dangerous! Billed 
as "The Ultimate Casino Gambling Simulation", Trump 
Castle is easily the worst gambling singulation ever 
released on the Amiga, Devoid of options, this six-game 
collection was apparently written by someone who has 
never been in a casino- why else would the slot machine 
reels spin UP1 - BD 



THE GAMES: 
WINTER EDITION 

Epyx 

600 Galveston Drive 
Redwood City, CA 94063 
415-366-0606 



v^ross-developrnent is all well and good, but this latest 
in Epyx's long-running series of sports simulations is 
ruined by PC conversion-itis. While the music and sound 
are well done, the graphics are completely inferior by 
Amiga standards. The events in this collection include 
downhill skiing, ski jump, luge, figure skating, speed 
skating, cross-Country skiing, and slalom. The play isn't 
bad. using Epyx's usual joystick control, but overall. Epyx 
can do better, and so can you. - TM 



CRASH GARRETT ikik~k 

Terrific Software 

544 Second Street 

San Francisco, C A 94 1 07 

415-957-0886 

A he giveaway that something was amiss came when 1 
picked up the packaging and quickly realized 1 was going 
to need my French-English dictionary if 1 was going to 
get anywhere with this 1930's era 'Swashbuckling Hero 
versus Evil Nazis' adventure. Though the manual is in 
English and carries a translation of the package blurbs, 
there's still the odd bit of French in the translated code. 
The parser. I suspect, also has a French accent: it won't 
recognize standard adventurese (like Inventory) nor is it 
terribly sophisticated. And still the game is well worth 
looking at for its excellent graphics handling, movie-serial 
plot, and the novelty of its French origin. - TM 




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PREVIEWS 

ZORK ZERO, SHOGUN, JOURNEY 

Infocom 

125 Cambridge Park Drive 
Cambridge, MA 02140 
617-492-1031 

IVly first hands-on experience with a computer was 
playing the original Zork. Since then. I've seen more 
software than I even like to contemplate without ever 
finding another title that held as much appeal for me. 
Beyond Zork tried hard, but somehow didn't have quite 
the same flavor as the original series. With Zork Zero, I've 
come full circle. All the wit, charm, and delight are back, 
along wiih the delicious snottiness and cheerful rudeness. 

Steve Meret/.ky, Zork's author, has done a superlative 
job of elaborating on areas of the Great Underground 
Empire we've not yet explored. And that's the strongest 
point of the game: it connects and intertwines perfectly 
with what has gone before, while adding graphics, other 
modern conveniences, and letting us in on more of the 
lunatic history of the realm of Lord Dimwit Flathead and 
the fall of the Empire. What graphics are present are 
unobtrusive, consisting mainly of beautifully drawn 
borders around the text, illustrated entries in the 
Encyclopedia Frobozzica, and some nicely done versions 
of classic board games (like the Tower of Hanoi and a 
peg-jump game). Thankfully, there arc no actual pictures 
of the locations; I think everyone who has played Zork 
has his own personal view of the landscape and I, for one, 
would rather not see someone else's idea of what is so 
clearly drawn in my own imagination. 

With Shogiw. 1 have a slight philosophical difference of 
opinion. James Clavell's book and the miniseries made 
from it are among my favorites, and for that reason. I have 
some doubts about the ultimate satisfaction of the game. 
Since I already know where the plot, which is set in 
feudal Japan, is going, getting to that end seems to me 
something of an exercise in anti-climax. On the other 
hand. I find that I do enjoy playing it and interacting with 
the characters I know so well. It's rather like meeting old 
friends again. The look of the game is considerably 
different from previous Infocom games, with illustrations 
appearing along with the text. The same look is found in 
Journey, a new fantasy adventure which uses graphics in 
the same manner as Shogltn. 

Don't let the pretty faces of these new games fool you. 
The parser is still the best in the business, and the addition 
of online hints make playing less frustrating and 
lime-consuming than it used to be. 

1 feel, somehow, that this is a wonderful, unexpected 
gift, a serendipitous surprise for all of us who thought 
we'd already played the last of a classic series. With Zork 
Zero, we now have the absolute pleasure of another one. 

- Tom Malcom 



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FOR YOUR 



AMIGA 



THE DUEL: PREVIEW 

TEST DRIVE II 

Accolade 

550 S. Winchester Boulevard 
San Jose, CA 95128 
408-296-8400 

il ew cars and new scenery are the highlights of this 
sequel to the original racing simulation. In a bid to make 
the game more realistic. Accolade is simultaneously 
coming out with additional data disks for the game. The 
first contains additional cars, and the second provides a 
race course that runs the length of California. If you've 
ever been on highway 101. you'll know it presents not 
only breathtaking scenery, but also the supreme challenge 
of staying alive long enough to see il all. - TM 



LOST DUTCHMAN MINE 

Magnetic Images 

1506 E. Missouri Avenue 
Phoenix, AZ 85014 
602-265-7849 



PREVIEW 



So 



far, all I've seen of Lost Dutchman Mine are static- 
screens, but it looks like it's going to be fun. It's an icon 
driven graphic adventure, something on the order of 
Cosmic Relief, though with more options and an old west 
theme. I like the look of the graphics and the roly-poly 
characters, which lead me to believe the game will have a 
sense of humor, an element too often missing from games. 

-AF 



VORTEX PREVIEW 

Visionary Design Technologies 

45 Whitehorn Crescent 

North York, ON M2J 3B1 Canada 

416-497-0883 

Vortex is a graphically flashy game vaguely similar to 
Ebonsiar. though much more colorful. The idea is to keep 
extra-dimensional creatures from entering through a rip in 
the fabric of space-time that Man has accidentally opened. 
You destroy these creatures by bashing them up against 
the side of the whirling vortex. They can and will, of 
course, do the same to you. The game has a fine 
soundtrack and supports multiple players. - AF 




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FOR YOUR 



C64 



While it's not a game in ihe strict 
sense of the word, Sim Ciiy offers 
the ultimate in gaming: you get to 
play God in the game of Life. It is an intri- 
cately detailed simulation of the life and 
growth of a city. 

There are several ready-made real life cities 
on the disk, but the main point of the game is 
to grow your own. The simulation covers ev- 
erything from clearing the land with a bulldoz- 
er to constructing airports. You have to keep 
track of such things as population growth, and 
thus the tax revenues which allow you to ex- 
pand your domain, just like real cities. 

The mechanics of the game are sensibly joy- 
stick controlled via icon menus. The play takes 
place on a map with two levels of magnification. 

My favorite part of the game, though, is the 
disaster menu, li lets you loose tornados, earth- 
quakes, and other devastation (including a 
wonderfully whimsical Godzilla-like monster) 
on your city. The beauty of Sim City is that it 
becomes anything you want it to be; you con- 
trol the destiny of your own creation, whether 
it's managing the growth of your home town, 
or visiting destruction on Tokyo with a big 
lizard. - Tom Malcom 




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UNINVITED 



Mindscape, Inc. 

3444 Dundee Road 
Northbrook, IL 60062 
312-480-7667 



Uninvited, which has been around for a 
couple of years in other formats, has 
finally come to the 64. and it was well 
worth the wait. The translation retains all the 
mystery, intensity, and frustration of the other 
versions. You are the Uninvited guest, sudden- 
ly stranded outside the gates of a graphically 
detailed Gothic mansion by a car crash, who 
must search for your missing younger brother. 
You confront a host of ghostly apparitions, 
mind teasing puzzles, and seemingly un- 
solvable obstacles that contrive to keep you 
from your objective. 

The poinl-and-click interface of the Amiga 
version has been faithfully adapted for the 64's 
joystick. This method is still easy, but some- 
what slower to use than a mouse. Shortcut key- 
board commands are a nice addition. The 64 
version even includes a full complement of 
scary sound effects, designed to chill your 
soul, along with the intricately detailed graph- 
ics that are the hallmark of ICOM Simulations. 
Uninvited ala 64 is still a terrific adventure. 

-JKC 



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C64 



DUH NUH NUH NUH NUH NUH 
NUH NUH, DUH NUH NUH NUH 
NUH NUH NUH NUH. BAAAAT- 
MAAAAN! I thought I'd give you the real 
Bat-music instead of the ersatz Bat-theme pro- 
vided in the Bat-intro to this Bat-game. (I have 
to assume licensing problems as the reason the 
TV theme wasn't used.) 

It was a pleasant surprise to start this graphic 
arcade adventure and find some innovation in 
it. The locations are shown in windows, and as 
you move the Caped Crusader through them, 
the previous window is ghosted as a new one 
opens on top of the old. The effect is highly 
pleasing. 

The user interface is very good, and more 
sophisticated than it initially appears. It oper- 
ates by popping up an options screen (instanta- 
neously, I might add) on which are various 
icons for manipulating objects and reading 
your vital signs. They are activated by moving 
- what else? - a Bat-cursor over them. There is 
not, unfortunately, a save feature. 

There are two separate adventures on the 
disk, one with the Joker and the other with the 
Penguin. Holy joysticks! If you're a Bat-fan, 
don 'I miss this Bat-venture. - Tom Malcom 




BATMAN 



Data East 

470 Needles Drive 
San Jose, CA 951 12 
408-286-7074 




ROBOCOP 



Data East 

470 Needles Drive 
San Jose, CA 951 12 
408-286-7074 



All the humor that made the movie of 
the same name such fun has been 
painstakingly removed from this 
pedestrian and disappointing arcade adapta- 
tion. The Robocop character has been reduced 
to an inch-high, semi-recognizable gun-toter. 
The nine levels are based on scenes from the 
film, but they might be from any arcade game 
with a cops and robbers theme. 

The soundtrack is listenable. but the graph- 
ics are something less than exemplary. The 
play area occupies only about half the screen. 
with the remainder left an uninteresting blank. 
There's nothing wrong with licensing hit 
movie titles, provided the end product has 
some effort put into it to make it worthy of the 
name it bears. Robocop is just the latest in a 
long line of games that are obviously rushed 
out the door for the sole purpose of removing 
cash from your wallet, with little regard for the 
quality or payability of the product. If you 
liked the movie (or even if you didn't like the 
movie, or haven't seen it), stay away from this 
game. If you do like mindless bad-guy killing, 
it might be worth a few minutes of your time. 
To paraphrase one of the bad guys in the film, 
"I don't like it." - Tom Malcom 



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C64 




MIND-ROLL ^"^tV+ 

Epyx 

600 Galveston Drive 
Redwood City, CA 94063 
415-366-0606 



r\n oddly compelling diversion, Mind-Roll has a kinship 
with Marble Madness, but with a more abstraci feel. There 
are ten planes, or levels, to roll a ball through, each with its 
own hazards and rewards. The play is very fast, the scrolling 
smooth and seamless, and the soundtrack driving. You're 
playing against a clock, something I'd like to have to option 
of disabling. An interesting game, and well worth a look. 

-AF 



STAR WARS ~k-k 

Broderbund 

17 Paul Drive 

San Rafael. C A 94903 

415-492-3200 



1 he old C64 cartridge version of this Atari coin-op 
conversion played better than this version. This one's 
extremely sluggish; the tower sequences are snail-paced. 
Joystick control is jumpy, and the vector graphics are drab 
and minimalist. The Amiga version of Star Wars is a much 
more faithful clone of the original coin-op, if you're into 
arcade games from 1983. And we wish they'd get rid of the 
tinny little beeper in the box that plays a greeting-card 
version of the "Star Wars" theme every time the box is 
jostled. The marketing droid who dreamed up that gimmick 
ought to be julienned with a light sabre. - MRB 



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MODEM WARS 

Electronic Arts 

1820 Gateway Drive 
San Mateo, CA 94404 
415-571-7171 

sS/lodem Wars is the latest effort by Dan Bunten. who gave 
us M.U.L.E., Robot Rascals, and 7 Cities of Gold. Like all 
of his games, this one is innovative, interesting, and fun. It's 
a wargame. but there's no mucking about with attack and 
defense points and the like; it's intended to be more like 
football, but with robots, terrain, and cannonfire. The 
graphics are simple but effective, and there are lots of 
options. You can play against the computer, but as you can 
tell by the title, the strength of this game is in playing a 
human opponent via modem. If you're into telecom muni- 
cations and games, you've got to get this game. 



- MRB 



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550 S. Winchester Boulevard 
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Tames most often have the problem of sluggish 
response: GPC has the opposite problem. The joystick 
control in this race car simulation is far too touchy. I 
wonder, too, why when I deliberately bash another racer, 
nothing happens and the other car just disappears. You 
have a choice of three cars and eight courses. The display 
is detailed, with all sorts of gauges and readouts, the 
tracks speed by smoothly, and the soundtrack is good. But 
for all the realism of the cars and tracks, I just wish the 
same were a little more realistic in the actual racing. 

-TM 



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GREATEST 18 HOLES 
Accolade 

550 S. Winchester Blvd. 
San Jose, CA 951 28 
408-296-8400 



I idbits of advice from the Golden Bear himself 
punctuate this golf simulation. The three-click play 
system is quite good, and uses a nearly screen-high gauge. 
It's the same intuitive system that was used on Mean 18 
for the Amiga and gives good control of your shots. The 
play is tough, but then these are lough holes. The main 
weakness 1 see is that putting is overly sensitive, but 
enough practice should enable you to overcome that. The 
graphics are adequate, but the sound is abominable. All in 
all. a sood choice. - TM 




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BASEBALL 

Epyx 

600 Galveston Drive 
Redwood City, CA 94063 
415-366-0606 



J. his is a great simulation of the great American past 
time. You can play any combination of two human or two 
computer players (watching the computer play itself is a 
real kick), and pit two statistically-correct pro ball clubs 
against each other. Or you can build your own team made 
up of baseball greats. The display is informative and easy 
to play from, with a point of view that changes depending 
on the action The joystick controls are intuitive and 
responsive, and there are plenty of options. Play ball! 

-MRB 




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3444 Dundee Road 
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312-480-7667 



1 he beta version of this game is killer. You're piloting a 
combat helicopter through an urban setting, laying waste to 
enemy tanks and other such. The real innovation is the 
implementation. You begin with an overhead view, which, 
as you change your altitude, correspondingly changes how 
close things appear on the ground. Then your view changes 
to head-on perspective and has you flying through city 
streets. It should be available by the time you read this. 

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CRL/Scorpion 

19 Harbor Drive 
Hopatcong, NJ 07849 
201-663-0202 

distinguished by a better than average introduction, with a 
pair of commandos who look suspiciously like Arnold 
Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris, Purple Heart itself is 
something of a letdown. It's the standard military shoot 'em 
up, where you race around killing what seems like bazillions 
of enemy soldiers, picking up more powerful weapons so 
you can kill and maim more efficiently, and ultimately 
rescuing prisoners of war. The implementation isn't bad, but 
we've seen the same thing Far too many times already. 

-TM 



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Taito 

267 W. Esplanade Plaza 

N. Vancouver, BC V7M 1 A5 Canada 

604-984-3344 



1 he coin-op version of this ultra-violent game has the 
advantage of a gun for blasting the vaguely Central 
American-looking enemy soldiers, and that is the weakness 
of the 64 translation. The conversion is very accurate, but 
controlling where your fire goes with a joystick is much 
more difficult; I think faster scrolling or some sort of 
defensive option would make it much better. The supposed 
plot involves rescuing hostages, but violence for its own 
sake generally leaves a bad taste in my mouth, and this 
game certainly does. 

-TM 



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FLASH!!! 



KILLER BEES FOUND 

The initial shipment of Epyx' 720° 
accidentally shipped without the killer 
bees of the arcade game. The insects 
were added as soon as the oversight was 
noticed. 

VERSIONS 

Express-Way Software let us know 
that the first version of ExpressCopy 
went out with an obscure bug that could 
possibly bring a visit from the Guru and 
on rare occasions damage the integrity 
of a backup disk. They arc, com- 
mendably, sending oul free updates, 
Version 1.01, to all registered owners. 

Caligari, the high-end rendering 
package from Octree Software, is 
being rc-relcascd in a consumer version. 
It has all the features of the now 
renamed Caligari Professional except 
the animation module and 68020/68881 
support. It supports IFF, can be used to 
create objects translatable by Syndesis' 
Interchange, and retails for $249. An 
upgrade module adding broadcast qual- 
ity rendering capability for Caligari 
Professional is being released in the 
second quarter. The add-on will cost 
owners of the Si 995 program an addi- 
tional S995. Octree Software, 311 W. 
43rd St., Suite 904, New York, NY 
10036.212-262-3116. 

Lattice is now including new docu- 
mentation in their C+ + compiler. It 
covers the 300-plus functions of Lattice 
C, of which C++ is a superset. Regis- 
tered owners will get one for free. 

SOGWAP has released version 2 of 
their Big Blue Reader text transfer util- 
ity package for the C64. It requires a 
1571 or 1581, using their fast serial rou- 
tines for transferring IBM ASCII and 
PETSC1I files. It can also be used as a 
file copier for the Commodore drives. 
S29.95. 115 Bcllmoni Rd., Decatur, IN' 
46733.219-724-3900. 

C Ltd. has upgraded their SCSIdos to 
3.0. Registered owners can get it, alone 



with a manual for S20. 720 E. Skinner, 
Wichita, KS 67211. 316-267-6321. 

KFS' The Accountant is now at ver- 
sion 1.3. 

MicroSearch is shipping version 2.0 
of City Desk. The preliminary specs 
make it sound like an entirely new prod- 
uct. The page layout software now sup- 
ports text flow around irregular objects, 
screened boxes (from 10% to 100%), 
and will convert IFF graphics to 300 
DPI grayscale images. It also supports 
the A2024 hi-rcs monitor and the graph- 
ics editor has been revamped. Price is 
S 199.99, and registered owners of the 
earlier version can upgrade for S35. 
9896 SW Freeway, Houston, TX 77074. 
713-988-2818. 

WHIPPING POST 

Tom gets strung up by the toes for 
last issue's Magazine Index look alAmi- 
gaWorld. It seems he reviewed the Jan- 
uary '88 issue rather than January '89. 
He is deeply ashamed of committing the 
cardinal journalistic sin of sloppy 
research. He promises, on pain of 
chocolate removal, never to do it again. 
He privately maintains that AW issues 
are so generic, it's hard to tell one 
year's issues from another's. 

OOPS 

Classic Concepts tells us that they 
accidentally printed an incorrect number 
in some literature they sent out. The 
correct number is 206-733-2720. 

Graphic Design Studios' number in 
issue #25 was incorrect. The correct 
number is: 504-455-0341. 

MOVES 

Jason-Ranheim has a new address: 
3105 Gayle Lane, Auburn, CA 95603. 
The new phone is 916-878-7805. 

The Software Toolworks has moved 
to 19808 Nordhoff Place, Chatsworth, 
CA 91311. Their phone numbers are 
818-885-9000 voice, 818-772-6809 
FAX. 



DigiTek has moved to new quarters at 
8910 N. Dale Mabry, Suite 37, Tampa, 
FL 33614. Their phone remains the 
same at 813-933-8023. FAX 813-932- 
4564. 

We don't usually report on personnel 
changes, but Maria Svoboda has left 
NewTek and we just wanted to say: 
"We'll miss you, Maria!" You really 
made a great Party Queen of the Amiga. 

CLARIFICATIONS 

ANIMATION 

The way in which the descriptions of 
Hash Enterprises' animation products 
were worded in the feature in #25 made 
it sound like they were support modules 
for Animation Apprentice. They are, in 
fact, stand-alone programs. The com- 
pany also let us know that Anima- 
tion:Editor will convert formats. 

Also, the folks at Antic Software 
inform us that, contrary to our asser- 
tions, the conversion module included 
with Zoetropc will export, as well as 
import, ANIM format files. 

Allen Hastings also reminded us dial, 
in its latest incarnation, VideoScape 3D 
does support HAM and HalfBritc 
modes. We didn't have those boxes 
checked in our comparison chart. 

One clarification regarding the ani- 
mation comparison chart: "Twecning" 
was taken to mean "Shape Twecning" 
(also sometimes called "Morphing"), 
which is the actual point-by-point trans- 
formation of one object into another. A 
couple of the programs listed (like 
Deluxe Paint III and Zoetropc) do a a 
type of "Motion Twecning" in regards 
to moving or rotating objects, but that 
feature wasn't considered in making up 
the chart. We would probably call that 
function "Translation". 

GEOS 

Reader B.J. Hudson wrote to tell us 
that contrary to what Don Romero said 
in issue #24, Shadow Drive is still an 
option in GEOS v2.0. 



INFO May/Jun 1989 



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AMIEXPO NEW YORK 



by Mark R. Brown 



After 19 months on the road, the weekend of March 3-5 
marked the triumphant return of AmiEXPO to the Big 
Apple, this time with Amiga World billed as the "Official 
Sponsor". Over 60 exhibitors crowded into the conven- 
tion hall of the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Times Square. 
The narrow aisles and the crush of attendees resulted in 
frequent gridlock, and it was often almost impossible to 
get close enough to actually see a product demonstration. 
But over the show's three-day run, 1 1,863 people tried. 



Gail Wellington delivered the 
opening day keynote speech, 
which was mostly devoted to 
cheerleading Commodore's latest round 
of new products. Besides announcing 
that the A590 hard disk for the A500 
and the A2286 AT Bridgeboard had be- 
gun shipping the week before, there was 
little news. In answer to audience ques- 
tions, she indicated that it was likely 
that the new Janus 2.0 libraries included 
with the 80286 AT Bridgeboard would 
become available to owners of the XT 
Bridge in an "Enhancer Pak" formal, 
much like the AmigaDOS v 1.3 upgrade. 
NewTek's [91 3-354-9332 j Video 
Toaster was the first thing to greet at- 
tendees on their way in the front door. 
The software has been improved and 
the hardware has been upgraded to in- 
clude four software-selectable video in- 
puts, effectively turning the Toaster into 
a TV studio-in-a-box. The waiting will 
be over "probably in June" say NewTek 
spokespeople. Allen Hastings was 
showing a new 3D animation created 
with an "early alpha" version of a 3D 
rendering and animation program he has 
under development for NewTek. No de- 
livery date is projected. However, 
available by the time this issue hits the 
stands will be Digi-Paint III. a vastly 



improved HAM paint program (see re- 
view elsewhere in this issue). Yes, 
you're right in noting thai there was no 
Digi-Paint II. According to NewTek 
staffers, there were "too many improve- 
ments to just call it 'Two'". We suspect 
market positioning against Microfllu- 
sions' Photon Paint II to be more of a 
factor. 

Across the aisle, MicroDeal 
[313-334-8729] was showing Fright 
Night, a graphic arcade adventure game 
with giant animated characters, ala 
Sword ofSodan. They also had Airball, 
a kind of Marble Madness clone. JUG, 
a space shoot-em-up, Goldrunner II. 
and TaleSpin. an interactive program 
generator with programmable menus 
and buttons. 

Next door. New Ware had version 3.0 
of Dynamic Studio kickin' out the 
jams. It features a vastly improved new 
graphic user interface. 
" Impulse [612-566-02211 has added 
stereo imaging to Turbo Silver. A com- 
plete package with software, interface, 
and SEGA LCD shutter glasses is a 
hundred bucks. VD1 is their new frame- 
buffer/digitizer, and they're importing a 
game called Evil Garden from Ger- 
many, They also introduced Harmony. 
a music program that lets you hum or 



sing (or play an instrument) into a mi- 
crophone and have your tune translated 
into a musical score which can be edit- 
ed, modified, and played back. It's inno- 
vative, it's fun. and it's yours for a song: 
Two C-notes. (Think about it...) Also in 
the booth was Beeshu, giving the public 
their first look at the new Zooiner yoke 
controller. 

Interchange purveyor Syndesis [508- 
657-5585] announced an updated mod- 
ule for Turbo Silver 3,0, as well as a 
new converter for Professional Draw 
objects. But their biggest news was 
TSSNet. a DECnet implementation for 
the Amiga. 

R&DL'a [718-392-4090] new Light- 
Bov animation software is a pencil-test 
animation program for pros. It works 
well with their digitizing tablet (see re- 
view in the New Products section). 

Around the corner. Progressive Pe- 
ripherals and Software [303-825-4144] 
had a new version of their FrameGrab- 
ber that grabs video frames in 256 gray 
levels ($700). The long-promised EXP 
S000+ internal 8 megabyte board for 
the A500 will be avuihblc in May. and 
includes an option for a 68010 cpu and 
a math co-processor. Their new Vault 
hard drive will go for S600 including 
controller card in a 20 meg version; up 
to 120 megs will be available. On the 
software front, the Baud Bandit ($50) 
is PP&S's latest telecommunications 
package, and UltraDesign is a $400 
professional CAD system, due out in 
May. 

The big news at the Konin Develop- 
ment [415-769-9325] booth was their 
new 68030 accelerator board, though I 
was impressed by the Chinon 300 dpi 
b&w scanner they were also showing. 
Through software twiddling, they're go- 
ing to be able to get grayscale scans. 

Nearby. Ed Lippert of C. Ltd [316- 
267-6321] told us that his LaserXpress 
virtual page scanner/laser printer system 
now includes PrintScript, a software 
PostScript interpreter, for no extra 
charge. 



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Brown-Wagh [408-395-3838] im- 
pressed us with a showing of their killer 
new color graphic wordprocessor Pen- 
Pal (see preview in the New Products 
section). For productivity types. Project 
Planner and EasyLedgers are aimed at 
easing planning and bookkeeping 
headaches. 

BAAL, Menace II, Ballistix. and 
Captain Fizz Meets the Blastertrons 
are four hot-looking new game titles 
that were gelling lots of joystick action 
in the Psygnosis [312-622-4444| booth. 

Dr. Ts [617-244-6954] displayed hot 
music titles like The Copyist in the 
booth next door. (See Jamie Krutz's 
NAMM Show report in News & Views 
for more details on 77ft' Copyist, as well 
as on Intelligent Music's |5 18-434- 
41 10] M, also shown at AmiEXPO.) 

Down the next aisle. Great Valley 
Products [215-922-2163] had a couple 
of new tricks up their sleeves, including 
the new IMPACT 68030 card, available 
in 16 and 26 MHz models with up to 8 
megs of 32-bit RAM. We were most in- 
terested in their SCSI 44 meg re- 
movable hard drive, which offers a real 
mass storage solution for heavy-duty 
Amiga users. (See details in this issue's 
feature on removable mass storage.) 

Networking is the coming thing on 
the Amiga, and CM I 1 503 -684-9300], 
not to be outdone, announced CMInet. 
implemented in a card that includes two 
additional serial ports and an additional 
parallel port. 

ASDG [608-273-6585] called a press 
conference to announce ReSep. a utility 
for generating 24-bit color separations 
that are compatible with Professional 
Page. It requires their Professional 
ScanLab hardware. Also coming: a 
$300 dual serial port card for the 
A2000. 

Incognito 1313-255-5387] displayed 
their Optiks ray tracing system (pre- 
viewed in INFO #24). 

Gramma Softw 'are 1 206-363 -64 1 7] 
was showing not only Nag Plus 3.0, but 
also FreD, a "demon dialer", and 




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NoMo, a hardware box that interfaces 
Amiga audio to the telephone. 

In their booth at the end of the aisle. 
Visionary Design Technologies [416- 
497-0933] was promoting CAST, the 
design system they used to create Drag- 
on's Lair. Also announced were two 
new arcade titles, DataStorm and Vor- 
tex, and a MIDI music system called 
Orchid. 

Mindware International [705-737- 
5998] introduced PageSync at the show, 
a SUM) addition to their line of profes- 
sional video software which allows you 
to sync MIDI to video scripts. 

One of the most interesting Amiga 
applications we saw was Piano Profes- 
sor 1718-793-8112], a music teaching 
system that links a genlock, an inexpen- 
sive b&w video camera, and a MIDI- 
interfaced keyboard to software that in- 
dicates which keys to play when. It's 
obviously not a home-use system, but 
one for piano teachers and schools. 

The lust booth in the hall belonged to 
- surprise, surprise! - Comp-U-Save, 
back in the AmiEXPO Show at the last 
minute after being officially banned be- 
cause of their escapades at the Chicago 
show. However, they were wanted in 
advance this time: No rubber chickens! 



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In a suite upstairs, Gold Disk [416- 
828-0913] talked about several new 
products in their new home productivity 
software line. Transcript, their new 
wordprocessor, was developed by Nick 
Sullivan and Chris Zamara of the Trans- 
actor, and includes hooks to transfer 
text directly back and forth in memory 
to an updated version of Professional 
Page. Advantage will be the name of 
their spreadsheet entry; it will include 
the ability to export charts and graphs in 
Professional Draw format. (The update 
of Professional Page will also import 
those Professional Draw graphics.) 
Desktop Budget rounds out their cur- 
rent planned schedule of introductions, 
though more wait in the wings, and 
Gold Disk is actively pursuing acquisi- 
tions and "affiliated titles". 

1 1 was a fun show, as always. And 
even though it seemed like there wasn't 
much new as I was wandering around. I 
was surprised when I got home and 
started tallying up all the new stuff that 
I saw there. 

Look for INFO's booth a I AmiEXPO 
Midwest, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in 
Chicago, Illinois, the weekend of Julv 
28-30' 



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INFO 64. Fall 1983 
Premiere issue! Review and product guide. 
Reviews: games, Flcxfile 2.1. Sorcerer's 
Apprentice. 



#2 



INFO 64, Winter 1983/84 
Buyer's Guide to 1000 C64 product 
listings. Koala pad, Flexidraw, 
UltraBASIC-64. Home Accountant vs. 
C.P.A. 



#3 



INFO 64, Spring 1984 
Product Round-up: 1000 product listings 
for C64. Superbase 64, Commodore 
LOGO, C64 Forth. Model Diet, Computer 
Mechanic. 



#6 



INFO 64 Spring 1985 
Color Gallery! C64 hard drives. Intro to 
Assembly Language, COMAL 2.01 
Software reviews: The Print Shop, C/PM. 
More mini-reviews. 



#9 



INFO Dec/Jan 1985/86 
Expanded C64/I28, Amiga color gallery. 
Guide to CI 28 software. Network Wars. 
1571 Disk Drive Survival Guide. 



#10 



J INFO May/June 1986 
Monitor Roundup! C64 word processors, 
Multiplan for C64/C128. Amiga BASIC. 
News, reviews, tips and tricks. 



#11 



INFOAug/Sept 1986 
Product Roundup issue: over 1500 
hardware and software product listings for 
C64.C128 and Amiga. 



#12 



INFONov/Dec 1986 
Graphics report: C64/128 and Amiga 
painting, drawing, CAD, drafting video 
animation,tools and utilities. Idea- 
processors reviewed. Network Wars. 8 bit 
business software. 

#13lNFOJan/Feb 1987 

Games issue: gallery reviews of Amiga, 
C64/C128 games. C64/C128 business and 
application software reviewed, part I. 
telecom networking. Amiga Music. 



#14 



INFO Spring/Summer 1987 
PRODUCT ROUNDUP! Over 2000 
hardware and software products listed for 
the C64. CI 28 and Amiga computers. First 
look at the A500 & A2000 systems. 



#15 



INFO July/Aug 1987 
History of INFO, part 1. Survival 
Guide: how to get started in Commodore 
Amiga computing. 1st C.H.U.M.P. 
Magazine, introducing the Midnite 
Software Gazette. Interview with game- 
programmer Anne Westfall. COMPUTE! 
exposed! 



#16 



INFO Sept/Oct 1987 
History of INFO, conclusion. Graphics 
Renaissance for Amiga and C64/I28! 
GEOS Update, CI28 BASIC compilers. 
Hands on Amiga Hardware, Amiga 
Multi-taskina, 



#17 



INFONov/Dec 1987 
Annual GAMES issue! 39 new games 
reviewed for 8 & 16 bit. GEOS Update, 
part II, CI28 ROM upgrades, 16/32 bit 
comparison. 8 & 16 bit hardware and 
software reviews. 



#18 



INFO Jan/Feb 1988 
Desktop Publishing! Amiga word 
processors, part 1. Show reports! Virus 
diagnosed, Best of Public Domain. Amiga, 
C64/C 128 reviews! 



#19 



INFO Mar/Apr 1988 
More Desktop Publishing! Leo Schwab 
interview, hard drives for 8 bits, Amiga 
word processors, part II. Arkanoid secrets 
revealed! GEOS Update, part IV. 




#20 



INFO May/Jun 1988 
Desktop Video! INFO visit to NewTek, 
AmigaDos 1.2 Bugs. Reviews for all! 
Article by demo-master Joel Hagen. 



#21 



INFO Jul/Aug 1988 
Jay Miner interview, Mori Kevelson's 
"Easing The Upgrade Path", Annual 
C.H.U.M.P. Lampoon section. Over 40 8 
& 16 bit software reviews. Virus 
prevention. 

#22 INFO Sep/Oct 1988 
Fifth Anniversary issue! Digitizing made 
easy. Mac VS. Amiga. Over 50 reviews for 
C64, CI 28, and Amiga computers. 
INFOmania Game Tips! BRYCE debut! 

#23 INFO Nov/Dec 1988 
ANNUAL GAMES ISSUE! OVER 100 
GAMES IN COLOR!! 



#24 



INFO Jan/Feb 1989 
Amiga 3D Graphics Round up. Interview 
with Reichart Von Wolfsheild. Over 30 
games reviewed. Extensive News, New 
Products & Show Reports. 



#25 



INFO Mar/Apr 1989 
Amiga Animation. Interview with Rodney 
Chang. Over 30 games reviewed. CES 
Show Report. cf28 T.H.l.S. GeoCalc 128. 
Amiga Lightpcn, Dr. Term Pro, AC/BASIC. 



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Klingon Commander: Have you tried the Gahg, Com- 
mander Riker? (offers him the platter} 

Riker: (momentarily disconcerted by odd activity in dish) 
It's still moving. 

Klingon Commander: Gahg tastes best when it's still 
moving. 




Wanda Haight 



You may have viewed this 
unforgettable dinner scene 
from the cleverly-woven double 
plot of "A Matter of Honor" on 
this year"s vastly improved 
series, "Star Trek: The Next 
Generation". The storyline and 
dialogue were produced by co- 
authors Wanda Haight. using 
her trusty Commodore 128 with 
Pocket Writer 2 in San Fran- 
cisco, and her brother-in-law 
Gregory Amos, using a Mac 
Plus in Los Angeles. 

Wanda acted as the idea per- 
son for the duo, with Gregory 
developing the dialogue. "At 
first Gregory didn't have a 
modem, so we were using the 
mails and experiencing a mini- 
mum of 5 days between a pro- 
posed change and the reaction. 



After I talked Gregory into a 
modem purchase for his Mac, it 
was wonderful. ..our interchange 
became almost instant." 

Applause from Wanda for the 
unique timesaving feature of 
Pocket Writer 2 that quickly 
converts the Standard ASCII 
she receives via modem to 
Commodore PETSCII files. 
When an idea strikes her during 
her daily job (which involves 
working on an IBM) she saves 
the note to disk. At home later, 
she easily converts to Com- 
modore format with Big Blue 
Reader. 

Will success spo, Wanda 
Haighl? She gave an (.mphatic 
negative to any plans to switch 
from her 128 - "Why ruin a 
good thing?" Not a surprising 



reaction, considering Wanda is a 
past-president and an active 
member of CWEST. the San 
Francisco Commodore Users 
Group. Indefatigable, she is 
reluming to school next year for 
an elementary school teaching 
credential and. in the meantime, 
the imaginative pair of authors 
arc plotting scripts for two more 
TV productions. 

Missed "A Matter of Honor"? 
Fear not Terrans! Catch it in re- 
runs. This one's gonna be a 
classic. - Sue Albert 



BUY LOW, SELL 
HIGH 

i f you had bought stock in 
I Commodore International 
Limited when it hit its low of 
S6.5C) in December of 1987, 
then sold it in March of 1989 
when il hit SI 7.50, you would 
have made Sll a share - a 
170% return on your invest- 
ment - in just 15 months time. 
We just thought you'd like to 
know. (By the way. if you want 
to track the ups and downs of 
Commodore stock, their sym- 
bol on the New York Stock 
Exchange is CBU.) 



COMMODORE AT 
CeBIT 

At the recent 1989 CeBIT 
computer show in Han- 
over, Germany, Commodore 
concentrated mostly on prod- 
ucts that had been previously 
announced. such as the 
A2000HD and A2500UX 
Amiga models, the Amiga hi- 
res color video card (still under 
development), and the A590 
hard drive/RAM expansion unit 
for the A500. But there were 
some surprises. 

Commodore's European Divi- 
sion is bundling an Amiga 
Desktop Publishing system that 



combines an A2000HD (includ- 
ing 2 megs of RAM and 40 
megabyte hard disk drive) with 
a Sharp color scanner, hi-res 
monitor adapter. Professional 
Page and Professional Draw 
software, and a NEC PostScript 
laser printer. 

Commodore Europe also 
announced an A500 Desktop 
Video Package aimed at video 
"amateurs". Configured for the 
European PAL television stan- 
dard, the system includes paint, 
animation, video effects, and 
titling software, as well as the 
Videobox, a combination gen- 
lock, digitizer, and RGB splitter. 
There is apparently no equiva- 
lent of the Videobox for the U.S. 
NTSC video standard. 

On the MS/DOS side of 
things. Commodore's 80286- 
based PC 30-111 was being 
shown again, as was a new 
80386-based machine. This 
floor-standing "lower" unit will 
be available in Europe later this 
year, but there's no word on 
when it might reach the U.S. 
market. 



AMIGA ART BOOK 

Have you produced some 
great Amiga art? Would 
you like to see it published in a 
hardcover art book? This may 
be your big chance. Machlan 
Enterprises is planning to pub- 
lish a series of high-quality 
computer art books, the first of 
which will be a lull-color vol- 
ume devoted exclusively to 
Amiga artwork. (Mac and IBM 
books will follow later this 
year.) Amiga submissions must 
be in the form of photographic 
slides (duplicates only - no 
originals) and must be received 
by June 30 to be considered. 
Send to: ABACI Gallery of 
Computer Art. attn: Daria Bar- 
clay, 312 NW 10th, Portland 
OR 97209. For more details, 
call Daria at 503-228-8642. 



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SOFTWARE SALES 

" he final software sales figures are in for 
1988. The Software Publishers' Associ- 
ation reports that, in comparison !o the pre- 
vious year. MS/DOS software sales were up 
44.5%, Maciniosh software sales were up 
63.4%, Apple II software sales increased 
3,8%, and Commodore 64 sales were up 
only 1/2 of 1%. (The SPA does not track 
Amiga software sales.) Sales of all cate- 
gories of computer software were up a total 
of over 40%. 

U.S. software sales for 1988 exceeded 
$2.87 billion, with over S2.2 billion of that 
figure attributable to sales in the MS/DOS 
market. Sales of C64 software were down in 
all categories but recreation, where the fig- 
ures showed a 13.4% increase. C64 software 
sales totalled S84.4 million in 1988. 



HACKER JAILED 

H" erbert Zinn, Jr., an 18 year old hacker, 
has been sentenced to nine months in 
prison with no opportunity for parole and 
fined 510.000 for illegally penetrating com- 
puters owned by AT&T and the U.S. Depart- 
ment of Defense. He will serve lime in a 
federal facility for 18-21 year olds in South 
Dakota. 

Zinn was only 16-17 years old when he 
committed the electronic break-ins. and was 
convicted on Jan 23rd of copying SI. 2 mil- 
lion worth of programs and destroying files 
valued at SI 74.000. He was also accused of 
publishing passwords, telephone numbers, 
and directions on how lo breach AT&T's 
computer security systems on underground 
electronic bulletin board systems in Illinois 
and Texas. 

He could have been ordered to make full 
restitution of the $174,000, but the prosecu- 
tion thought that was an unrealistic amount. 
However, if Zinn had been an adult of 18 
instead of a minor a! the time of his 
offenses, his sentence could have been 13 
years with fines of up to $800.0001 

The judge who handled the case made it 
clear that he wanted the SI 0.000 fine to 
come from the hacker himself and not from 
his parents! 

- Boh Baker 



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your favorite C64 and Amiga 
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readers! 

C64 

Gauntlet: If one player dies dur- 
ing a two-player game, pressing the 
spacebar will reincarnate the dead 
player. - Sean Graham 

Ikari Warriors: If all your men 
die. press A, B. B, A before 
GAME OVER Hashes and you can 
continue where you left off. 

- Josiah Raabel 

Space Taxi: A secret menu is 
available that will let you manually 
select screens, turn off sprite/sprite 
collisions, and even record your 
own demos. From the title screen, 
pull down on the joystick to get to 
the instruction screen, then press 
the pi key until the word "fire" in 
"Press fire to continue" turns dark 
grey. Then push the up-arrow until 
it returns to black. Then press the 
asterisk key. -JeffParham 

Superstar Ice Hockey: Choose to 
play Center and position your 
player exactly between the two 
face-off circles. Shoot high at your 
opponent's net and the shot will go 
right through the goalie's pads for a 
score. The goalie has to be con- 
trolled by the computer and you 
must be precisely between the cir- 
cles for this to work. - Jeffrey Isaak 



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AMIGA 

Sword of Sodan: Just as a clarifi- 
cation to a tip printed last issue, 
Mark Lucas tells us that in order to 
get unlimited lives by typing 
Nancy on the brag screen, you 
must be in the lop slot, and after 
hitting return, press the firebutton 
until the next game is started and 
the number of men will show an 
exclamation point. 

Zoom: Pressing F10 when choos- 
ing your level of play will let you 
choose any level up to 30. 

- Gaelan D. Griffin 

Captain Blood: Using the alien 
icons, ask CODE GG I. The alien 
will then give you the coordinates 
of another alien called GG. Go to 
the specified planet and you can get 
the coordinates for all the other 
aliens around by asking CODE 
INFORMATION HELP. If you're 
met with blind ignorance, put in the 
name of an alien after the HELP. 

- Paul McLeod 

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"secret tricks" in your favorite 
game, share them with other INFO 
readers! We're not interested in 
strategy tips, but true "side doors" 
or "back doors" that work to your 
advantage, or let you do something 
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ews & Views 

continued 



COMMODORE IN 
THE MEDIA 

INFO's readers report Com- 
modore sightings on film, on 
television, and in print, 

1 he Amiga was featured on 
an episode of the PBS television 
show Computer Chronicles in 
March. There were demos of 
games, video applications, and 
EA's Deluxe Paint III, as well 
as interviews with users from 
Stanford University and some 
musicians. 



Or 



"n the March 9th episode of 
Days of Our Lives, a C64 sys- 
tem appeared in the office of 
Diana Coldville, editor of the 
local newspaper. It didn't play 
anvone's love interest. 



At 



tn A2000 showed up on a 
desk in Carol Goldman's Wall 
Street office on the January 18th 
episode of Wise guy on CBS. 



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'n an episode of PBS' Nova 
called "The Strange New Sci- 
ence of Chaos", an Amiga was 
shown displaying a pattern anal- 
ysis of the chaotic behavior of 
heart fibrillation. 



I 



n the forefront of the news, a 
February 15th report on CNN 
about the disappearing ozone 
layer at the North Pole included 
a look at the problem via false- 
color imaging on - you guessed 
it - an Amiga 2000. 



I 



n Get Smart Again, the Get 
Smart! reunion movie thai 
appeared on ABC on February 
26th, an A 1000 with 1080 mon- 
itor was used in an early scene 
to pull up and graphically dis- 
play Maxwell Smart's personnel 
file. 



1 he old Commodore actors 
never disappear, it seems. On 
the February 25th episode of the 
syndicated TV spook show Fri- 
day the 13th, a Commodore 
PET made an appearance. The 
plot involved a kid who loves 
werewolf movies so much he 
eventually turns into a werewolf 
himself. 



I ou may have seen a newspa- 
per ad for MCI FAX services 
that advises you how great it 
would be for your business if 
you would dial up their FAX 
service using your PC. In this 
day of the MS/DOS domination 
of business, it's amusing to note 
that the system pictured is 
clearly an Amiga 1000. 



Or 



'n cable TV's CBN. a seg- 
ment on one of the February 
installments of the 700 Club 
depicted musical interpretations 
of the DNA structure of human 
cells. The system creating the 
music was, of course, an Amiga. 

r\n Amiga 1000 was promi- 
nently displayed in a recent 
issue of Scientific American that 
focused on computer graphics. 

Thanks to Commodore spot- 
ters Charles P. Vinson, James J. 
Periy, Harry R. Meyer, Kenneth 
Jennings. David Martin. Tom 
Gall, David W, Ferguson, Gor- 
don S. Eggleston, and David 
Yavner. 

If you've spotted a Com- 
modore product in the 
media, report it to INFO 
Sightings, PO Box 2300, 
Iowa City I A 52245, or on 
QLink send EMail to INFO 
Mag. If it's the first we've 
heard of it, we'll print it here 
and give you credit. Such a 
deal! 




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AMIGA AT NAMM 

This January. Commodore 
brought the Amiga to its 
second National Association of 
Music Merchants (NAMM) 
show to battle it out with Atari. 
Apple, and Yamaha (which 
makes an MS/DOS compatible 
laptop music computer!. The 
twice yearly NAMM shows are 
serious forums for music prod- 
ucts, and the Anaheim show 
attracted over 35,000 people to 
sec the wares of more than 600 
exhibitors. 

The hoi news in ihc Amiga 
booth (and in the Dr. T's booth) 
was The Copyist, a 16-stave 
music transcription and printing 
program ported from the IBM 
by way of the Atari ST. The 
Copyist prints beautifully at the 
highest resolution of any 
printer, even a 9-pin dot matrix 
printer. It can create traditional 
music notation from Amiga 
SMUS files and standard MIDI 
files (even those created on 
other computers), as well as 
from files saved using Dr. T's 
Keyboard Controlled Sequencer 
(KCS) and MIDI Recording 
Studio sequencer (MRS) pro- 
grams. The program lacks auto- 



matic spacing for inserting 
notes onto a score, and it still 
has some kludgy aspects betray- 
ing its IBM origin, but it has 
been steadily improving. The 
Copyist is being marketed in 
three versions. Copyist 
Apprentice supports Epson FX. 
HP Deskjet (300 DPI!). HP 
Inkjet printers and up to 5 
pages. Copyist Professional 
adds HP Laserjet Plus and HP 
plotter support at up to 50 
pages, plus the ability to export 
files back lo sequencers. Copy- 
ist DTP supports Postscript and 
Imagen Ultrascript (a Postscript 
clone) and up to 100 pages. 
Prices are $99. S275, and $399 
respectively. Copyist Profes- 
sional was released just before 
the show, and the company 
expects to release the other two 
versions in March or April. 
They are talking of bundling 
Copyist Apprentice with their 
inexpensive MRS (S69) 
sequencer for an as yet unde- 
cided discount price. Dr. T's 
also showed KCS Level II 
(S349) for the Amiga, a not-yet- 
shipping higher level version of 
their ATCS (S249) sequencing 
program. 

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. . . Amiga at NAMM continued 

Also shown was Intelligent Music's M 
($200), an interactive algorithmic composi- 
tional program that lets you set up and inter- 
act with parameters to generate musical pat- 
terns. The ideas you come up with can be 
saved as standard MIDI files for importation 
into sequencer or notation programs. M was 
first released on the Mac, where it runs in 
black and white. The Amiga and Atari ST 
versions add color, and the Amiga version 
goes another step by taking advantage of the 
internal sampled sound capabilities of the 
Amiga. That makes the Amiga the only 
computer that lets you use M without having 
to have a MIDI synthesizer. 

Over in the Apple hooth. Apple was 
announcing a not-yet-ready-to-release set of 
MIDI Management "tools that will actually 
let multiple MIDI programs run together at 
the same time on the Mac. Of course, the 
multitasking Amiga has been able to do this 
for quite a while. There were no Apple 
HGSs to be seen. The front of the Atari 
booth sported a wall of monitors, each 
showing screens from a different company's 
MIDI software. The Atari ST has attracted a 
lot of MIDI development, and they are 
reaching the music market by selling the ST 
through music stores. Commodore is follow- 
ing their lead by signing up music stores 
through a company called Imagine Music 
Group. Imaginc's CEO Glyn Thomas reports 
"ups and downs" with Commodore, and he 
says they are fighting a situation where mail 
order Amiga 500 prices are lower than the 
price Imagine can sell to music stores. 
Negotiations with Commodore over that 
issue and a few other "little things" will 
determine whether Imagine will continue to 
market Amigas, although Thomas says 
Imagine is stilt excited about the Amiga. He 
reports that Soundquest's Texture 3.1 
sequencing software (S299) is a big seller, 
probably due to a bundled deal Imagine has 
been offering. Imagine will be distributing 
an Amiga version of Steinberg's Pro 24 
sequencing software from Germany some- 
time in April. 

This was Commodore's second NAMM. 
Apple's third, and Atari's fourth. It's good to 
see Commodore establishing a presence in 
the music market. It can't help but have a 
positive impact on the number of developers 
working on quality music software for the 
Amiga. - Jamie Krutz 



XVumor 1V1 



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DISCLAIMER: The following are 
among the most entertaining 
rumors we've heard the past cou- 
ple of months. They are presented 
for your entertainment and amuse- 
ment only. Please do not make any 
important decisions based on 
these rumors, as many will prove 
to be inaccurate or just plain false. 

By the time you read this, bar- 
ring any major acts of God, Com- 
modore will have sold its one mil- 
lionth Amiga computer. About 35% 
of them are in the United States, 
with almost all of the rest in 
Europe. 

We hear that Emerald Intelli- 
gence, makers of the Magellan Al 
system, is beta testing a HyperCard 
clone for the Amiga that will read 
and execute Macintosh HyperTalk 
files. 

It seems that Lou Wallace (of 
RUN magazine) was asked by 
Commodore to demo Amiga multi- 
tasking on the PBS television show 
Computer Chronicles. When he 
asked them to supply him a 
machine, they reportedly sent a 
bare-bones, single drive, one meg 
A2000, We have to ask: why didn't 
they set him up with an A2500UX 
with a 2286 AT Bridge, so he could 
show AmigaDOS, MS/DOS, and 
UNIX running all at the same time? 
Why not show off the top-of-the- 
line model? That's what Apple and 
IBM do when they're invited on 
Computer Chronicles, which is a 
heck of a lot more often than Com- 
modore. 

It looks like Legend Software's 



Onion animation program may hit 
the market as Disney Animator 
from Buena Vista, the Disney soft- 
ware arm. 

Look for TSR, the originators 
of Dungeons & Dragons, to set up a 
gaming area soon on Quantum- 
Link. 

- Software giant Rainbird is for 
sale. Mediagenic is said to be nib- 
bling, though no deals had been 
signed at presstime. 

Have you noticed how many 
European and Australian software 
companies are coming into the U.S. 
market? And more are on the way. 
We can't dig up any overwhelming 
reason for all the foreign activity, 
but it could be the sign of a "matur- 
ing" U.S. Amiga market. 

- We hear Steve Tibbett, author 
of the indispensable public domain 
virus checking program VirusX, 
received the largest single shareware 
contribution in Amiga history from a 
large Swedish users group: $4500. 
Not bad for a program that wasn't 
even promoted as shareware! 

' VirusK32 now checks for six - 
teen known viruses: SCA, Byte 
Bandit, North Star, Byte Warrior, 
Revenge, Obelisk, IRQ, Pentagon 
Circle, H.C.S., DiskDoc, Graffiti, 
16 Bit Crew, Phantasmumble, Old 
Northstar, UltraFox, and Lamer 
Exterminator. There's a VirusX3.3 
making the rounds, but Tibbett says 
it's a version that's been modified 
by someone else, and he can't and 
won't vouch for its validity. Stick 
with v3.2 for now. 



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Power at Sea 18.97 

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Last Ninja 21.97 

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Man Frame 2597 

Maniac Mansion 2197 

Maniac Hint Book 7,97 

Might ! Mage 24.97 

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Carmen SanMgo World . 2197 

*Do*nr>!l Challenge 1557 

Pnnt Shop 27.97 

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K^rale Champ 9 97 

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Knj Wki . 18 97 

Kung Fu Mayer 9 97 

Platoon _ 18,97 

Hobo Cop 19.97 

Speed Buggy 1B.97 

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Crty Hint Book 7.97 

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Androids Decision . 16.30 

Fireione 16.30 

Hunt For Bed Octooer . . 25 48 

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Video Title Shop w Comp l 19 36 



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BlidsTalel 2548 

BaidsTalelHmls . 9 97 

Bards Tale II 25.46 

Bard s Tale II Hints 997 

Bard s Tale 111 2546 

Bards Tale III Hens M7 

Caveman Itgh-tyrnrjics 19.36 

Ctiessmaster 2100 - 27.47 

Chuck readers AFS 22-42 

Deatt*nd 19-36 

DeatWord Hurts 9 97 

Douse Dragon 22.42 

Instant Music . . '9 35 

Jordan vs Bitd One on One . . . 1935 

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Mavis Beacon Typing 2S46 

Modem Wars 22.42 

Monopoly 1936 

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PapeiCkp PuMjbK 3130 

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Protect Firesarl 20.35 

Risk »■« 

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Ban-eship 1B.97 

California Games 2*.97 

Create A Calendar . . 1 B.97 

Destroyer 24.97 

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Fas Load Cartridge 24.97 

Final As.sH.uh , 24.97 

4X4 Basra 24.97 

Trie Garr*fl:Summet Edition . . 24.97 

The Games Wiriei Edi:ior 24.B7 

Home Video Producer 30.97 

Imoossib* Mission II 24.97 

LA. Crackdown 24.97 

Legend of Black Sirvei 24.97 

Mesrocrosa 12.37 

Mmd Roll 24.97 

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•Skaie Wins . 25 9? 

Space Slaben Oftfoon 25 97 

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Street Cal 15.97 

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Tedxuxop 2497 

Tower Trjppfcr . . 24 97 

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SketcrkMd 128 21.97 

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Ctiamp. Baseball 11.97 

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Take Down 16.97 

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Flight Sim Scenery \ H 16 

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Flight Sim Scenery 6 14.15 

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Club Backgammon 20 40 

CSM Dnve Align Kt 30 12 

CSM ProiectBn Manual I. . . . 23 97 

CSW Prdteaon Manual 31 27.97 

Doodle 24S7 

Elementary Commodore (Book} ... 7.96 

Eifle Hini Book (Leroy) 6,97 

Font Masler 2 . 30 97 

Fon Master 128 36S7 

G^neotogyFarTikJy Tree 64 36 97 

Genealogy: Family Tree 128 . -3697 

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Slar Empire 15 97 

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Poker Dala Disk 1 1297 

Pokei Dala Disk 2 1297 

Ptfie* Dala Disk 3 1297 

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154171 Power Cable 4.95 

C-I2B RGB Monrlor Cable (Cdor) -795 
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C-64 CokX Monitor Corr! 4.95 

CommgrXrTB 64 H D Power Supply 2995 
CommooWe 1 28 Power Supply , . . 44.95 
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Aprospand 64 . 27.95 

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MouseKrjJdar 595 

Wouse Mat 8 95 

Numeric Key Pad C-64 49,95 

Computer Hand II 6 95 

Dak Mailer 49 

15*1 DustCover B95 

1541 II Dust Cover 895 

1571 Dust Cover 8 95 

C-64 Dust Cover 8 95 

C-6SC Dust Cover 8 95 

C-12S Dust Covet 595 

C-12B-D Dust Cover 1395 

Disk Neither -Square Cut 4.95 

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50 Crfl DM Storage 8 95 

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Quick Shot ll-Joystick 7.95 

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1541 RAMBOard* 

Byte The Copy Protection bullet! 

Let s lace il - war is hall. And in the Commodore world. onrj 
of the ugliest wars of all is being waged by the copy protection 
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RAMBOard gives you speed - it comes bundled with a fast 
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THE 1750 CLONE 

Thanks For The Memory 

Most Commodore users are content to use trie r computers 
within the constraints placed on them by a limited amount of 
RAM. But some people want more. More speed. More power. 
And that means just one thing - more memory. 

Power users have long known that the idnal solution to their 
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You can 1 find them. 

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We've always specialized in finding solutions to Commodore 
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First, we bought brand new Commodore 1764 RAM expan- 
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to upgrade il. The turnaround time an upgrades is approx. 2 
weeks. It will NOT be necessary lor you lo purchase a new 
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line. 

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ONLY $199.95 

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MAVERICK'* 

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You know us When copy prelection began throwing 1541 dnve heads oul ol alignment, we gave you Kracxei Jai. When V-Max reared 
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THE 1581 TOOLKIT 

Without It, You Don't Know What You 1581 is Capable Of 

It blew people away at the "Worlc Of Commodore Show" held in Pennsylvania in November 1938. It's power 
and scope astonish anyone who sees it work. And, it you have a 1581 dnve. it is the single most important piece 
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Project D was designed with the future in mind. We ofler registered owners 
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Project D includes three other useful utilities as an added bonus! The OmnlCopy 
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Compare the features of Project D to the competition and you will see that Project D 
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Now most of us are "computer profes- 
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Lindsay Publications publishes tech- 
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67 INFO 1 Subscriptions 
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80 Jumpdisk 

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80 Memory Location 
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23 Microlllusions, Inc. 

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82 One Byte 

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81 Phoenix Electronics 

82 Pixel ations, Inc. 

81 R & DL Productions 

81 Radical Eye Software 

83 S.O.G.W.A.P. Software 

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WINNER! 



Best Educational Program 



With Designasaurus from 
Britannica Software your child will 
see dinosaurs come alive with sights 
and sounds* that will astound you. 
Designasaurus recently won BEST 
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM and 
BEST PRESCHOOL or PRIMARY 
PROGRAM categories of the SPA's 
Excellence in Software Awards. 

Designed to never become extinct, 
^Designasaurus for the Apple "GS 
has three dino-mite activities. 



SlirVlVe as a Brontosaurus, 
Stegosaurus or T-Rex did millions 
of years ago. Thunder through for- 
ests, mountains and swamps. See 
if you can earn a certificate to the 
Dinosaur Hall of Fame. 

Create your own prehistoric 

giant from a collection of fossilized 

bones. ; Select different heads, 

I bodies and tails from 

the Museum of 

Natural History. 

^Build and name your 

ip\vn dinosaur! 



Print out 12 different dinosaurs. 
Each complete with descriptions 
and information. Select from 3 for- 
mats: regular, poster and evenT-shirt 
transfer. Color or paint them. Frame 
them or wear them. We even 
include a free T-shirt transfer in 
every box! 



Anwork courtesy of: 
* SOFT-KATINC 




Don't wait another million years. Get it today at B. Daitons Soft- 
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